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People Taking Action: Line dancing to help in the fight against breast cancer

Posted at 6:40 PM, Oct 07, 2014

Portsmouth, Va. - Reggie Jones is a veteran employee for the Portsmouth's Social Services Department. But when he finishes his 9-5 for the city, you'll find him teaching a line dancing class for some pretty extraordinary folks.

On this night, he was invited to bring his exercise class to Fourth Baptist for the church's breast cancer awareness event. The organizers say Reggie is great draw.

And there are also several breast cancer survivors who join in on the dance steps, survivors like Kim Pender who has wrapped up 16 weeks of chemo and 9 weeks of radiation.

"It's great. It makes me feel like I have my life back. Cancer robbed me of life so long for two years and now I feel like I have my life back,"
says Pender.

Another thing about Reggie's dance class, wherever he teaches it, he only accepts a dollar donation from those who attend and he turns that money over to support a food pantry to help needy families.

For those reasons, we were invited to surprise him.

We gave him a People Taking Action Award and a $300 Visa Card from our Community Partner Southern Bank.