The 4A’s Sisters Club 2023 Grand Marshal at our 2nd Annual End Lupus Walk May 27th 9am Girard Park Lafayette, La. Alzina Burrell Dural is Lupus Warrior here in our city. A go get her, never stop, keep moving, Community Activist in the State of Louisiana. Lupus since 2011, Retired with LCG, Owner of Season the Green Leaf Sits on many Local, City and State Boards. A daughter, wife, sister mother, aunt, friend, etc. PS-Community Activist. Show your ! We thank you for all you do for others.
After having symptoms dismissed for many years, Keyla decided to get a second opinion and advocate for herself. In this episode, Keyla explains how she lives to thrive and the habits that she continues to implement in order to feel better. She gives us some great tips about how to manage the financial burden of living with multiple chronic conditions. And a truly inspiring part of her journey has been how she became a model, and strutting down major runways including London and New York fashion week while living with an ileostomy bag!
The Annual Lupus Walk is happening soon! Come show your support!
4 A’s Sisters Lupus Club is proud to announce our 2nd Annual End Lupus Walk Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Girard Park in Lafayette, LA.
Proud native of Lafayette Louisiana. Born to the Benoit and Morgan family but was raised by his Grandparents, Doris Benoit and Connie Bellow Cormier. Although they didn’t come from a lot, they always had love and joy in their home.
As a young person, Donavon was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady Queen of Peace where he briefly taught communion student as he was preparing for high school graduation.
Upon graduating from Lafayette High School, he was privileged to get accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. While there, he worked as a Banker for Bank of America in order
to assist his Grandparents with college expenses. During college he also added a part-time job to his schedule which landed him with food service opportunities working all across the country
including New Jersey, New York, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge.
While in school, unfortunately Donavon grandfather passed unexpectedly shortly before he graduated but was blessed that his
grandmother and rest of family were present.
Upon graduating from Lafayette High School, he was privileged to get accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. While there, he worked as a Banker for Bank of America in order to assist his Grandparents with college expenses. During college he also added a part-time job to his schedule which landed him with food service opportunities working all across the country including New Jersey, New York, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. While in school, unfortunately Donavon grandfather passed unexpectedly shortly before he graduated but was blessed that his grandmother and rest of family were present. During his career in Food/Facilities Services he has been blessed to work for several notable corporations including ARAMARK, IBM, Bank of America, Crothall, Baton Rouge General and Currently Capitol City Produce. His journey would not have been possible without the “Village” that raised him thru Church, Home, and School. Although he has much further path ahead to prepare for, he’s very grateful for path he’s been given. Life isn’t possible without support – the support that provided for him during his matriculation leading to now adulthood. In the future, he hopes to further his education in Law and continue to serve his great fraternity of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc along with other service organizations that he donated his time to. He looks forward to talking more in dept this week…Be blessed and continue to uplift one a another.
Born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana. She attended Carencro High School and relocated to Lafayette in 1988. She attended USL and LSU E before transitioning to Southwest Paralegal College where she received her Certification as a Paralegal. Michelle has 10 years experience in the legal field an offers 20 years in Human Resources, she has been in public relations for a total of 40 years. Michelle is a Certified Fitness Instructor for at least 30 years. She began teaching “Step Aerobics” for the City of Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department around the early 90’s. In 2014 she became a Certified Instructor for Curobiks under Cupid’s umbrella. Michelle is the Owner and CEO for Michelle Jolie, Licensed Florist Experience Event Planner. She’s also the Owner and CEO of “Something Sweet” homemade sweet dough pies, where they are currently in three stores in the Lafayette area: K & G on the Geaux in Billy’s, Chevron by Lowe’s and Guidroz She is a Member of Women of Wisdom (WOW) and the Chairperson for the CAFE (Community and Family Engagement) at Lafayette Middle School. She’s also a Member of KOP (Krewe of Pyros) in Washington DC. Her hobbies are: working out, crafting and landscaping.
The Reverend Brandon D. Brown was born July 4th1986 in Honolulu Hawaii, to Minister Michael & Elder Sandra Brown. He is the eldest of five children (Jordan, Michaela, Brianna, & Brian). He is a graduate of the DeKalb County School System and later matriculated at Gupton – Jones College of Funeral Service where he received a degree in Mortuary Science.
Rev. Brown accepted the Lord Jesus as his savior at the tender age of four and on April 25, 1998 Rev. Brown accepted his call into the ministry at the age of 12. He was one of the youngest members of the Ministerial Alliance for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. He also served as the Chief Adjutant for Bishop C. L. Carter Sr. who served as the Bishop for the State of Georgia for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. He was licensed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on March 13, 2003 and later ordained on July 29, 2012 Rev. Brown was awarded the 2008 Pioneer of the Year Award from The Enon Church for developing new horizons in ministry. Also in 2014 he received the Pioneer in Ministry Award from Beulah Heights University.
Rev. Brown currently serves as an Associate Minister & Youth Pastor at The Enon Church “A Baptist Fellowship” under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Gregory L. Pollardfor the last 18 years.
Rev. Brown, also, cherishes the awesome role of being a loving husband to the beautiful Mrs. Tedra C. Brown and a father to three wonderful children Nehemiah, Nina, and Nyla.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! (Psalm150:6) is his favorite scripture and his motto is “If you can inhale oxygen there is a necessity for you to praise the Lord. “
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GM ! 4-A Sister Club Non-profit organization here in Lafayette, Louisiana would like to spotlight our Lupus Warrior of the week. Meet Evangelist Crystal D Bell, if she could think back about her first undiagnosed symptom of lupus, it would be June 2013; she was awakened during the night with this horrible itch all over her body, for nearly two weeks, all she did was soak in oatmeal baths and using any and every home remedy or regiment that was suggested to her. Growing up as a young kid with chronic asthma she felt the need to mention that to her doctor so he instantly diagnosed her with asthma of the skin lol little did he know.
Well, she was told use this and use that, don’t use this and don’t use that; she was miserable!
For years her calves were so beautiful and toned from wearing heels everyday to work and stilettos to sing and shout in ( I’m an Evangelist in the ministry and been singing since age 11) but, at one point she would scratch her legs so much until they would bleed and swell.
Fast forward to 2014, one week before what once was the biggest day of her life, she developed a dark ring on her arm and a rash across the bridge of her nose and across both cheeks.
Crystal was like OH MY GOD! The dress was sleeveless so what was I suppose to do with this she said, I couldn’t walk down the aisle with what seemed to be a big black ashy ring on my arm.
She called the best seamstress in the world, (she was a life saver.
Showed the gown to Ms Delores Darby and simply showed her the unwelcomed bruise on her arm well, needless to say, no one ever knew about the bruise. Even though she fixed the issue with her arm, not even makeup could cover the rash on her face.
As time passed her body was being invaded by something foreign; hair began thinning, joints would ache like crazy and constant doctor visits from being so tired all the time. She stopped wearing perfumes and lotions because thought it would cause her to itch as well.
Constant fatigue plagued her body, pain in joints and her skin darkened to the point where even in the hot and humid Louisiana weather, wore long sleeved shirts and pants daily to cover up the discoloration to avoid the stares of people.
In 2018 after all the test, she was finally diagnosed with LUPUS, didn’t want to believe it there it was in plain BLACK & WHITE! This has been a long tedious journey but she so blessed to have the best family support; parents, kids and grandkids along with her fiancée, aunts & cousins and friends also the best medical support team ever.