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                                                                     Festival, the pairing seemed a natural fit. This year marks the
               Anthony Faison has been ministering for nearly                                                                                  Up to 10 Years
                                                                     health system’s 11  appearance at the festival, and a joyful
               two decades to the Fayetteville community about
                                                                     return after the COVID pandemic led to the cancellation of the
               the importance of second chances.It’s a topic he
                                                                     2020 festival.                                                        (910) 583-9547
               preaches from experience.
                                                                     “Every year we find someone with a life-threatening condition
               Faison served prison time in his younger years, before
                                                                     that they weren’t aware of,” Jones said. “We are truly saving lives
               turning things around and devoting his life to God. Now he
                                                                     with this health fair.”
               runs 2 Chance Ministries Deliverance Center with his wife,
               Rosa, known throughout the community as Lady G. He    Faison’s life was definitely affected. He credits the festival and
               also ministers to youth that it’s never too late to walk the   clinic with saving his life.
               straight line. For his uncompromising method of preaching
                                                                     “African Americans, especially males, we feel like we don’t have
               and teaching, he has been given the nickname “Da Preacha.”
                                                                     time for doctors,” Faison said. “But we need to get checked.”
               Faison also dedicates his time to helping those returning home
                                                                     At-risk population groups also need to make lifestyle changes
               from prison to successfully re-enter society. He was promoting
                                                                     recommended by their doctor. Faison takes his medication
               these services at the Umoja Festival in August 2019 when he
                                                                     as directed, checks his blood sugar six times a day, and keeps
               received his second second chance at life.
                                                                     a food diary so he can track how his body feels when he eats
               Faison was preparing to leave when someone convinced him to   certain foods.                                         REAL.
               stop by Cape Fear Valley’s Free Clinic and Health Fair.A quick
                                                                     He also eats out less frequently, has eliminated sugary sodas
               blood test found his blood sugar to be dangerously high.
                                                                     and fried foods, and eats more vegetables. The vegetables were
               A physician at the festival recommended Faison follow up   literally hard to swallow for him at first, but he says they’re a
               with his primary care physician. The subsequent appointment   small sacrifice for his health.                         LOCAL.
               revealed he had Type 2 diabetes.
                                                                     “Eating healthy is a little more expensive,” Faison admits. “But
               “I was shocked,” Faison said.“I never would’ve known! I was   it’s a lot less expensive than treating health issues after they are
               tired a lot, but I put that down to being as busy as I am.”  a problem.”

               Also known as adult-onset diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is the   Faison’s efforts are paying off. The 54-year-old has a lot more
               main type among African Americans. The condition affects   energy now and is more focused. His blood sugar also hovers   See how much you could save
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               one in ten African Americans, or roughly 4 million within the   around an ideal 104.
               population group.
                                                                     “I’m thankful to Cape Fear Valley and the Umoja organizers,”
               If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to serious complications,   he said. “There is no telling where my life would be if I didn’t
               such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease,   get checked.And it’s free. Why wouldn’t you go if it’s free?”
               lower-limb amputations and early death. Early recognition is
                                                                     The Cape Fear Valley Free Clinic and Health Fair at the Umoja
               the key to preventing these complications.
                                                                     Festival is in conjunction with the health system’s community
               Darvin Jones, Community Health Coordinator at Cape Fear   health initiative, Take Charge of Your Health. This year’s
               Valley Health, says stories like Faison’s are what led to the free   event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
               health clinic at the Umoja Festival.                  For more information, visit and click on            910-487-0037
                                                                     “Community Health” at the top of your screen.                        6415 Brookstone Lane, Fayetteville
               “There are so many health disparities among the African
               American population,” Jones said. “I wanted to fight that
               by having the hospital ‘make a house call’ straight to the
                                                                                                                                          Saving people money on more than
               When Jones heard that the Umoja Group was also looking                                                                              just car insurance. ®
               for a health and wellness event to offer at their annual Umoja

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