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Priceless Vol 14 Number 4


Personal and Professional Empowerment www.hamptonroadsmessenger.com


Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006


Library Seeking Input for


Documentary About Whittaker Memorial Hospital


Page 12


Congressman John Lewis Undergoes Cancer Treatment


Page 6


Golden Girls Gala


Travel: This Is Not Your Mama's Bahamas


Page 4


Allen Iverson Returns to Bethel, Gymnasium Named In His Honor


Free January 2020


U.S. Representative John Lewis


BY THE OFFICE OF US CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS Rep. John Lewis recently


learned from doctors that he must undergo treatment


for


pancreatic cancer. He released this statement


regarding his


prognosis and his plans to continue to serve the people of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia:


“I have been in some kind


of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.


“This month in a routine


medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic


cancer.


This diagnosis has been reconfirmed.


“While I am clear-eyed


about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made


this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.


“So I have decided to do


what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross.


“To my constituents: being


your representative in Congress is the honor of a lifetime. I will return to Washington in coming days to continue our work and begin my treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.


“Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey.”


Health Opinion


THIS EDITION’S HIGHLIGHTS Breakfast Scramble Tacos


The Thriving System of Convict Labor


Opportunity Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


Career Fair in Hampton Capital Access Program in Norfolk


900 Men Strong Breakfast CAS Trust Scholarship


Bethel High School and Hampton City Schools leaders celebrate with Allen Iverson after the naming of the gymnasium in honor of the former Bruin star. Photo courtesy of Bethel High School.


BY ANGELA JONES High School in


Allen Iverson was ecstatic about Bethel Hampton


naming their


gymnasium in his honor last month. He could barely hold back the tears of joy. He was happy to be recognized in an area that had such an impact on his life, as he grew up in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The 11-time NBA All-Star never forgot his roots. He has continued to support the school he led to basketball and football state championships.


When Iverson spoke, there was hardly a dry eye around. “We us. We Virginia. We beautiful, man. We the best and we the toughest. We the strongest and we believe in each other. And I just love y’all and this is a great honor, for me,” Iverson told the crowd. Other


speakers included Hampton Mayor


Donnie Tuck and Hampton School Board Chairwoman, Ann Stephens Cherry. Bethel High School’s


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