One Lincoln County 11-year-old will be a television star today as she serves as a guest on an episode of the “Steve Harvey Show,” showing the nation how she raised more than $19,000 for a friend suffering from cancer.
Raemy Wensil, of Iron Station, visited the talk show studio in Chicago, Ill., in November.
She and her mother Merodie Wensil had never before flown on a plane.
“I was scared,” Merodie said, “but we made it.”
A family friend emailed show producers about the sixth-grader’s crafty bow-making project for fellow church member Joyce Hoyle — known by Raemy as “Mama Hoyle.”
At the time, the young girl and her mother had no idea the show had been contacted.
It wasn’t until the friend called the Wensils that the two learned about the exciting opportunity.
Raemy and Merodie received word about filming a few days before Halloween.
From start to finish, the entire process spanned about two weeks, Merodie said.
Both Joyce and Raemy, a sixth-grader at East Lincoln Middle School, have attended Pearl Baptist Church in Iron Station for a number of years.
Joyce was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013, her daughter Dana Simpson said, and continues to receive chemo treatments.
During the summer, Joyce told the Times-News how the extent of compassion inside Raemy’s heart greatly impacted her.
She continues to receive chemo treatments for her illness.
“They have had to make a few adjustments…and we have had a few setbacks,” Simpson noted, “but, at the time, she is doing well — still in good spirits with a positive attitude and still fighting.”
In addition to Joyce’s cancer battle, Raemy’s grandfather, a former Pearl Baptist preacher, died from cancer a year ago last month.
After losing a close family member and learning news of her church friend’s diagnosis last year, Raemy knew she and fellow friends had to act fast and help Joyce with what tools and skills they had.
In addition to $1 hair bows, the girls have sold brightly-decorated pens for $2 apiece along with $10 ribbon holders, donated by Leslie’s Hair Styling Nails in Alexis, Merodie said.
Items have sold both locally and nationwide, and with an initial goal in June to raise $2,000, Raemy has far exceeded her plans, crafting more than 15,000 bows.
Including donations, Merodie said the project has raised $19,487.
The mother-daughter duo even sold more than two dozen bows during the plane ride to Chicago.
“The stewardess went around and told everyone about them,” Merodie said.
The show will air 4 p.m. today on WJZY and again at 7 p.m. on Charlotte’s WMYT station.
Individuals may donate money for Joyce Hoyle’s medical expenses, making checks payable to Pearl Baptist Church, “Team Joyce,” 4657 East Highway 27 in Iron Station.
For more information, visit “Angel Bows by Raemy” on Facebook.