Spotlight on Soothin’ the Blues (with love) first Fashion Extravaganza to Celebrate Life

| August 16, 2017
Frost Illustrated's own Jeanie Summerville receives an award for "Soothin' the Blues" of the community "with love."

Frost Illustrated’s own Jeanie Summerville receives an award for “Soothin’ the Blues” of the community “with love.”

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

As always, I hope all is well with you and yours and that, you’re still taking time out of your busy days to bring yourselves some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind.

On that note, let’s have some fun as we share with you what happened that sunny and glorious day of Saturday, July 22  at The Summit Event Center-Dining Room.  You see, I’m the Overseer of Soothin’ the Blues (with love) and The Cancer Club and on that date, we had our first Fashion Extravaganza Fundraiser—the first of its kind and it starred cancer patients and survivors as the models.  Also, the M.C., is a cancer patient and the commentator is a cancer survivor.  The purpose was to bring them some joy, beauty, happiness and peace of mind as they celebrate life together and benefit the terminally ill and The Cancer Club.

This event came to be because in January 2016,  I was diagnosed with 3½ stage lung cancer and after receiving my cyber-knife treatments for this cancer, I wanted to attend the cancer support group meetings to see if it would be beneficial to me or not.  So, I contacted my life-long friend Flora Jackson, who is a cancer survivor, so we could explore these meetings together.  But what actually happened was, by the second meeting, I became deeply depressed listening to their bluesy situations about the effect cancer has upon them and my heart couldn’t take it anymore. I had to do something about it.  I had to soothe their blues with love—GOD’s love—if only for a day, so they could feel better then I could too.

The services that are available for us as cancer patients and survivors are all needed and greatly appreciated, however, we need to enjoy and celebrate life too because we have so much to give and our lives can be balanced and have more meaning. I prayed to GOD about it and since my background is in the arts, music and entertainment and I have experience in modeling, what better way to have HIS cancer patients and survivors celebrate life than through a Fashion Extravaganza that will star them as the models.  That would give them, their families, friends and everyone else who would attend this event “hope of a brighter tomorrow” and will also give us a beautiful memory to hold onto.

So, I got busy and contacted Sweetwater, The Rescue Mission, His House Men’s Apparel, Starlight Photography, Optimistic’s Enterprise and Kingdom Door Christian Worship Center and they all became our sponsors to make this beauty happen.  Soothin’ the Blues (with love) is going to benefit the terminally ill through Visiting Nurses and Hospice so they too can feel GOD’s love and beauty too before they’re called home to Glory.  We’re also going to benefit The Cancer Club so we can do more fun things together all in the name of love and the rest, will be History.

The show’s models consisted of Jeanie Johnson who has been a colon cancer survivor for more than seven years,  Idella Thomas has been a lung cancer survivor for 12 years, Flora Jackson has been a breast cancer survivor for six years, Denise Hamilton has been a colon-rectal cancer survivor for 15 years, Regina was a walk-in model who was there on behalf of a cancer patient, Curtis King who has stage 4 throat and lung cancer, Ken Lowe has been a prostate cancer patient since 2014 and Joseph Ayres has been a carcinoma prostate cancer survivor for seven years.  Our M.C., was Ethan Birch and our commentator was Chief Condra Ridley. We all had a fantastic time along with everyone else in attendance.  And, now I’d like for you to know what some of them thought about this beauty:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Ethan Birch aka six8, I have Gerlin’s Syndrome, Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome and this cancer was first diagnosed in 2005.  I was honored to be the master of ceremony at this event because I’ve never heard of anyone doing anything like that before and, as much as I love running my mouth for everything else, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to be the voice of such a worthy cause.  This Fashion Extravaganza was amazing and I know for a fact, as we continue to go forward, it will increase in size.  I love being a part of things like that, that’s what I live for, to enjoy having a good time and enjoy running my mouth that’s what I do best.  Thanks, Jeanie, for allowing me to be a part of it and hopefully, you’ll allow me to be a part of it in the years to come.”

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Chief Condra Ridley. I’m a breast cancer survivor for six years and  I was the commentator for Soothin’the Blues (with love) firstt Fashion Extravaganza that was conceived and organized by the wonderful Ms. Jeanie Summerville.  It was most enjoyable and I think everyone who attended were very pleased and delighted by what they were able to see and they enjoyed the food, as well as, the gifts that were  provided by Optimistic’s Enterprise.  Everything was wonderful, the spirit was good as the people smiled and laughed, the fashions were superb and I look forward to being involved again next year.  Because this Fashion Extravaganza was better than any other fashion show I’ve ever commentated, it was not just fashion for fashion sake, it was fashion with a purpose.  The purpose, was to uplift people and to let them know that life can be wonderful and it’s something to be enjoyed and so, it was a great opportunity to do that.”

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Flora Jackson and I was one of the models.  I felt very special to be a part of the Fashion Extravaganza and I had fun as all of us, felt special celebrating life together.  I was a little nervous at first since I’ve never done anything like that before but when I thought about it’s purpose, to celebrate life I wasn’t nervous anymore.  I felt good and alive and that God, has given me another chance to celebrate life with others that are affected with cancer and it was a blessing.  It was meant for this event to happen for us at that time and I believe that day, was one of those days that God had allowed us to be there, it was our destiny so we can make a beautiful difference in lives.”

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Kenneth Low and I was also one of the models and I loved it.  I had a great time and it felt wonderful to be a part of it and doing something for cancer patients and survivors to make us feel special.  I had such a great time also because I enjoyed meeting everyone and I felt right at home, we had fun and there was a great purpose behind it and that made it even more worth while because life, is a precious gift worth celebrating.  If this happens again next year I hope you’ll ask me to come back because I’d love too and I’d be glad too.”

Now in closing I say, great job, everybody!  I’m so proud of all of you.  Special thanks to our sponsors and the love and support that everyone showed.  The Cancer Club projects doesn’t end with this, so if you’re a cancer patient or survivor and want to celebrate life with us please send me an email to, I’d love to hear from you.  So until next time, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye bye, babies.

P.S.  If you’d like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone you know, in the name of love, send me an email to  I’d love to hear from you.

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