As a kid growing up in a single parent home in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Venard Cabbler never imagined that he would be a published poet one day. But when his mother passed away from lung cancer in 2010 he experienced a flood of emotions that tapped into a talent he never knew existed.
Five years and more than 100 poems later, he completed his collection "Messages from a Messenger, Transforming Poetic Principles into Reality," which he hopes will inspire and help others. A portion of the proceeds from his book of poems will be donated to cancer research in memory of his mom.
"I've found that one of the greatest abilities we've been given is discovering who we are," said Venard. "No matter what troubles we may be facing today, we're empowered and strengthened to overcome these obstacles through positive thinking."
Venard shared his story in Washington, D.C. during LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day in April and again at the LUNG FORCE Expo in New Jersey.
Passion drives Venard's desire to share his poetry. He can't seem to turn it off. He's a messenger with a message.
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