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Learning to Forgive Can Lead to a Path of Hope, Wellness, and Success

African American news from Pasadena - Forgiving for Living and the annual PLUS Awards newsDid you know that forgiveness therapy is now a major part of treatment for many forms of cancer? Research studies show that holding onto painful memories, grudges, and other stressors can weaken the immune system causing physical, mental, and spiritual harm.

You might say what the world needs now is more genuine forgiveness. Wendy Gladney, a survivor of sexual abuse, cancer, divorce, and abandonment, is the inspiration and founder of the nonprofit Forgiving for Living, Inc. For more than 13 years, the single mother of two children, Gladney has dedicated her life to helping others learn how to forgive to enjoy a full and productive life.

Wendy's vision to help those struggling with the need to forgive is shared by many people in the community. To recognize individuals, associations, and corporations who make a difference in the communities they serve and impact the work at Forgiving for Living, Wendy founded the annual PLUS Awards. This year marks the fifth annual celebration held at the Beverly Hills Hotel with Master of Ceremonies Chris Schauble, KTLA co-anchor. The 2012 honorees are: Bobbie Jean Anderson, Ana Valdez, Lena Kennedy, Maiko Maya, National Alumnae Association Spelman College – Los Angeles, and Bryon Reed.

"To overcome my life's challenges and succeed in life, I developed a ten step process called "Healing without Hate: How to Forgive to Live," stated Gladney. "Forgiving for Living, Inc. provides solutions to overcome issues of anger, pain, and unforgiveness to women and girls." Through her mentoring program, Wendy has provided young ladies with the skills that are necessary to give them a healthy and productive life. To learn more about the importance of forgiving or to get involved, find her on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/ForgivingforLiving.

In the words of comedian/author/actor Bill Cosby, "People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what's bitter and move on."

 

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