“She’s truly my angel,” Lincoln County resident Joyce Hoyle said about 10-year-old fellow church-goer Raemy Wensil, of Iron Station.
For at least the last week, the rising sixth-grader has been working with friends to make “Angel Bows” to raise money for cancer treatment for “Maw Maw Hoyle.”
“It made me sad because I know her very well,” Wensil said.
Diagnosed earlier this month with colon cancer, Hoyle had a section of her colon removed on June 9, allowing doctors to rid her body of most of the potentially deadly disease. They also took out 22 lymph nodes, six of which were malignant.
The long-time Pearl Baptist member is currently receiving radiation treatment for a cancerous lymph node that popped up on her leg, unrelated to the colon cancer.
Today she will find out the particular type of chemotherapy treatment she will undergo.
Hoyle said she was “blown away” by Wensil’s willingness to help and how the child’s effort “took off” once she decided to carry out her generous project.
“It’s just unreal what a heart this child has,” Hoyle said.
Wensil is no stranger to cancer after watching her grandfather and former Pearl Baptist pastor Robert Wensil, lose his two-year cancer battle in December.
So far, she and her friends Sierra Cleveland, 11, and Hollee Woodward, 10, have been working to pump out a number of colorfully-patterned hair ribbons and duct-tape pens each day.
The young friends have already sold more than $700 in creative, handmade items.
Ribbons are priced at $1 each while pens are $2 apiece and ribbon holders, donated by Leslie’s Hair Styling Nails in Alexis, are $10.
“They have been working hard,” Raemy’s mother Merodie Wensil said. “I am proud of her.”
Hoyle’s daughter Dana Simpson could not be more grateful for the impact such a little girl has made on her and her mother’s lives.
“My mama is my best friend, and everything I want to be,” Simpson said. “My mom is getting the help she needs a dollar at a time, and a little child shall lead them.”
Wensil sells the bows at church, her dance studio and various other locations throughout the area, including Leslie’s.
She said she doesn’t plan to stop making them and that her goal is to reach $2,000.
“She (Hoyle) said she didn’t know that we loved her that much,” Hollee said.
Hoyle has been an active member of the church for more than three decades, cooking for a number of fundraisers and other community events.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to Joyce Hoyle can make checks payable to Pearl Baptist Church, Team Joyce, 317 Alexis High Shoals Road in Dallas.
“She (Raemy) just goes to show you what a heart for the Lord she has to help people,” Hoyle said.