SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Caddo Commissioner Joyce Bowman walked into Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church to the "Rocky" theme song. She is fighting a battle against cancer and she says she is not giving up even though she has no insurance to help take care of her medical bills.
Several weeks ago, Commissioner Bowman revealed to KSLA News 12 Anchor, Domonique Benn that she was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer. Since then the community has flooded her with love, support, phone calls, visits, and cards.
Thursday night's event called "A Fighter's Fight" gave the community the opportunity to join her family and friends in a prayer vigil and love day celebration. The emotional evening was filled with tears, yet it was upbeat. Several city leaders spoke at the event. There were various performances and even a personal phone call message from Joel Osteen's mother, Dodie Osteen. Osteen is a cancer survivor.
Commissioner Bowman says the cards have really made a difference. She credits the prayers and messages to helping her keep a positive outlook. She says she has received over 500 cards and she has read everyone of them.
Thursday night a "Love Offering" was taken up for Commissioner Bowman. She told the audience, that she tried to get insurance a couple of years ago, but was denied because of her pre-existing condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now she says she has another pre-existing condition and no company wants to insure her. She says she has been denied several times. In a recent interview, Commissioner Bowman said, "I don't mind paying, but give me the opportunity to do that."
Right after this story aired, our phones were constantly ringing. Many of you want to know how you can help. The organizer for the prayer vigil says if people decide to send a check, you must write on the memo line "Love Offering". The organizers say they don't want it to appear that any of the money is a campaign contribution.
You can send Caddo Commissioner Joyce Bowman a card to 3623 Milton Street, Shreveport, LA 71109.