In a time where positivity is almost trendy and catchy hashtags prevail, it’s a blessing to come across genuinely inspiring souls. Determined to streamline the at times habitual “scroll, scroll, like” syndrome of social media in my own life, I periodically reassess the accounts I follow to see what really speaks to me. Without fail, Dyon Davidson is one of the few that continue to stand out.

Some time ago I launched a mini series featuring volunteers from all over the country and I was thrilled when Dyon answered the clarion call!

Dyon Davidson is one of those gifts to humanity that God has chosen to reveal His love, strength and creativity through…and I can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Tell me the name of the organization you volunteer for and how often do you volunteer?

Dyon speaks…

The organization that I’ve volunteered with over the past few years is Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes.  I volunteer with them once a month because they’re filling such an important need in that community.

e speaks…

What led you there?

Dyon speaks…

I was introduced to the organization’s President while I was putting together a breast cancer fundraiser. I had signed on to donate part of the proceeds to another well-known breast cancer organization. A high school classmate was very adamant about me meeting Shay Sharpe. She said Shay and I had a lot in common and would do great things together.

It was 2011 and I wasn’t diagnosed with any health issues yet. As a matter of fact, I seemed pretty healthy. I was carrying out a vision God gave me in a dream to give Breast Cancer Survivors a platform to share their stories. Shay came to the event and we clicked instantly. She invited me to her event the following week and I got to witness her and her team grant a wish for a young lady with terminal breast cancer. My heart changed forever. That young lady passed a few months later.

Each event gave Breast Cancer Survivors a platform to share their stories. I also made jewelry and auctioned it off along with other items donated by local businesses.

The events were a great combination of Beadly Speaking Jewelry and Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes doing community service together. My high school classmate was right. The crazy thing is that it took a few months for me to realize that we’d met briefly as teenagers at a football game when our high schools played each other. Life brought us back together for a reason.

e speaks…

What are some of the ways you serve?

Dyon speaks…

I organized fundraisers and raised money for the organization to help carry out their vision for 2012, 2013, and 2014. I’ve even helped pack items for the homeless over the years for annual campaigns.

e speaks…

How has dealing with your own health issues impacted your ability to serve, if at all?

Dyon speaks…

When I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2013, Shay didn’t nag me with a bunch of questions.  She understood that I was scared and trying to figure it out. She held my hand and sent me information about it. She still texts me Lupus and Sjogren’s related article from time to time. There are symptoms that gross other people out but I can talk to Shay about them. Most of the times she can relate being a young two time Breast Cancer Survivor at age 26 and 36. She has been my doctor on call, prayer partner, my chef, workout partner, and accountability partner.

It was devastating to tell the organization in 2014 that I was no longer going to do an annual breast cancer fundraiser on their behalf. I needed to focus on healing. To honor them, I donate 10% of the proceeds from my pink handmade jewelry back to them. So when customers buy any pink Beadly Speaking Jewelry, Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes receives a portion of it.

Breast Cancer and Lupus are very different but the fighting spirit in the two women, (Shay and I), they chose is the same. We are Warriors!

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What’s been the most challenging moment?

Dyon speaks…

The most challenging moment was when Shay Sharpe was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time. She was 36 years old. She’d been through it before at 26 years old. I was scared. She fought hard. Seeing her make the decision to remove her breasts was the probably the most challenging.

e speaks…

How did you overcome it?

Dyon speaks…

At the time I was newly diagnosed with Lupus and was depressed. Watching her recover and seeing her fight made me fight harder to get better. It was life changing. When she got better we challenged each other with workouts and monthly weigh-ins. We healed together. We lost the weight we gain from medication together. We extended the challenges to other Cancer and Lupus Warriors. We are still changing lives this way years later.

e speaks…

What’s been the most rewarding moment?

Dyon speaks…

The most rewarding moment happens every year at The Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes Black Tie Fundraiser. Each year the organization grants a wish of a terminally ill Breast Cancer Survivor. It usually is a surprise to that person. The organization receives hundreds of wishes each year and it warms my heart to see a wish being granted.

This year’s fundraiser is Sunday October 28, 2018. Visit www.shaysharpespinkwishes.org for further details so you too can witness this!

e speaks…

That is fantastic! Dyon what would you advise new volunteers?

Dyon speaks…

I would advise new volunteers to get involved. Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes is filling a major need for young women diagnosed with stage four breast cancer as well as helping their children when these women die. It’s fulfilling work to serve in any capacity with the organization.

e speaks…

Thank you so much for stopping by Dyon!

You can support Dyon’s movement the following sites:

@BeadlySpeaking on Twitter & Instagram

Beadly Speaking Jewelry on Facebook

http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadlyspeakingjewels

Blessings!

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DJ Saxy. Hers was a story I asked to tell months ago; and then life happened to me. Wave after wave of circumstances in unchartered waters crashed against every facet of my being. Every time I tried to open my mouth to gasp for air, drowning waters overtook me. As I began to get my bearings together I was able to remember unfinished conversations. My conversation with DJ Saxy was one that I wanted to finish. Life had forced me to leave our warm exchanges mid-sentence. She was headed out on tour as a DJ for Carnival Cruise Lines and that bought me some time. She’s been patient, as her’s I felt, was an important journey to share. After having graciously accepted my private apologies, which she didn’t feel were necessary; I wanted to publicly apologize as well. Thank you again for your patience DJ Saxy, let’s get this story told.

We worked together for the first time as co-hosts on GrindHard Radio’s Radio Divas talk show this past season. Besides being fun, articulate and mad cool; she is extremely knowledgeable about the music industry and selflessly shares from a global perspective. In getting to know her better, I quickly learned more than music had captured her heart. Her mother’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis weighed heavily on her. Using her platform as an internationally renowned DJ to help raise awareness about the disease, only increased my admiration and respect for her.

She Speaks In Her Own Words – Business

The name DJ Saxy came from the instrument. I played the saxophone for several Blues groups and artists while I was in college. I even had a chance to play for Blues singer Bobby Rush! I have always been a music lover, I grew up in a musical family. I started DJing when I realized I had an ear for picking out hits or songs that can do well in the industry. I was always interested in DJs at a young age like DJ Spinderella, Jazzy Jeff, Kid Capri and local radio jockeys. In my sophomore year in college I bought my first turntables and began learning the concepts of DJing. After I realized I had a grip on the art of being a DJ, I changed majors from Music Education to Music Industry.

As a female in the industry it is hard. It has been hard for me to work my way into clubs because I’m a female DJ that doesn’t dress provocatively to get in good with club owners and promoters. I’m just a girl who is a dope DJ. Of course you have the guys that try to come at you in non professional ways and once that happens I don’t deal with those clubs anymore. As a female I feel I have to prove myself even more because we are usually overlooked. I have to go harder than the guys. I often get a “look” or talked over by older men when it comes to talking about sound and DJing. They think I don’t know technicals or simple stuff because I’m a woman, but when I open my mouth and talk, they look stupid and say, “Oh…you know what you’re doing”.

I was blessed to have two club owners that gave me a shot to DJ at their clubs. I went in and “kilt it”, earning residency at their clubs, Ventura’s Lounge in Shaw, MS and ABG in Tupelo, MS. These club owners were different because they saw me as a DJ and not just a little girl trying to play music.

My break to becoming an international DJ came when I took the last of my money I saved and went to Atlantic City for a DJ conference. At the time I was a broke college student that bought a bus ticket, rode 22 hours, paid for a hotel room and had $55 in my pocket to eat off of for 4 days. At the conference I met a guy who heard me playing around with turntables and he talked me into auditioning for a job. I didn’t want to but did it anyway. I used his laptop and controller and auditioned in a room for 4 people including DJ Irie! They loved my audition and didn’t believe I was just a girl from Mississippi. Two days later I had an email offering me a job to work with cruise lines and resorts!


She Speaks In Her Own Words – Mom’s Multiple Sclerosis

I want to go to church too“, my mother said. Due to her long 12 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Barbara Rainey had lost her ability to use her legs and at times her arms and hands. Multiple Sclerosis is a rare (fewer than 200,000 US cases per year), chronic, typically progressive disease for which there is no cure. It involves damage to the sheaths of nerve cells disrupting communication between the brain and the body causing numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

I started a Go Fund ME page in an effort to help raise funds to purchase a special van that my mom can drive her powered wheelchair into. She has stated she “feels like a prisoner in her own house”, simply because she is unable to leave and travel, even if it’s to go to a much needed Dr.’s appointment. At this time, it takes two people in two different vehicles to take her out away from the house. She has to be lifted and transferred into her van and the wheelchair is lifted into the back of it as well. Once this is done there is no room for the lift to fit into the van. Therefore a second vehicle will have to travel and carry her lift. The idea of a van where she can just drive her chair into would be such a blessing for her and our family.

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Missing Dr. appointments has taken its toll on Barbara Rainey’s health. Once she was finally able to get to the Doctor, the latest MRI revealed that she had new lesions on her brain. Though it’s been an honor to help raise awareness about women in the DJ industry as well as Multiple Sclerosis, raising awareness is just the first step. I pray this serves as a catalyst for change, an incentive to donate to the cause as well motivation to seize a moment of self reflection. We never know what someone is dealing with. Especially if they are not one to complain. Perhaps you or a loved one is dealing with a chronic illness and there are days you long to tell the whole world. Then there are days when you do scream it on every mountain top while feeling as though you’re on MUTE.

Praying you’re unmuted today and even consider…passing the mic.

DJ Saxy Links

Barbara Rainey’s GO FUND ME Page: https://www.gofundme.com/8vv9bv44  {*Site issues have been resolved per DJ Saxy}

EPK: http://artistecard.com/djsaxy

Website: http://www.thedjsaxy.com

IG: @dj_saxy

Twitter: @djsaxy

Snapchat: thedjsaxy

Facebook: thedjsaxy

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