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#SpotlightOnCLT: Angela Baker is an Angel in Disguise

Written by Eden Estabrook    on March 14, 2019    in

As a three-time breast cancer survivor, Angela Baker understands all too well the challenges faced when completing cancer treatments.

 First diagnosed in 2003, Angela has fought multiple bouts with metastatic breast cancer, while continuing to work full-time and as a single mom. Even with a leave of absence, Angela had a lot on her plate.

One day, Angela received a call. A woman reached out to ask for a ride to the doctor. This woman's children could not help take her to her appointments and the treatments would be extremely draining, she needed someone not only to drive her, but to support her through these unpleasant appointments. Angela was there for her. She spent 5 hours with this woman through several major appointments and it was then that Angela realized her passion and Angel in Disguise Inc. was founded.

Angel in Disguise serves to take people battling cancer, affectionately called VIDAS (Victorious, Inspired, Delicate, Angel Survivor), to their doctor appointments. Not only does Angel in Disguise drive them to the doctor, but they also go to the appointment with them in order to support them in any way they can.  Whether that's offering emotional support, helping them walk, or helping them understand the doctor's diagnosis or instruction, Angel in Disguise makes the impossible possible so VIDAS' can Live Life Now and get the treatment they need.

Angel in Disguise has helped many VIDAS’ over the lifetime of the organization through challenging times. But now, they need your help. Their primary vehicle recently died, and while this hasn't stopped the mission, it has required the use of personal vehicles to continue making a difference. While the use of personal vehicles is a sacrifice they are willing to make for the cause, Angel in Disguise is currently raising money to purchase a new vehicle. If Angela's story inspired you as much as it did us, we encourage you to visit their GoFundMe and donate towards their new vehicle. 

 To write this article, I had the privilege to chat with Angela to hear her story and how it inspired Angel in Disguise. As I listened, what struck me about Angela was how she turned a trial into a blessing. She took a challenge from her own life and selflessly used that experience to make a positive difference for those going through similar experiences. As SHARE Charlotte celebrates women's health and wellness this month, we couldn't think of a better organization and founder to bring to your attention. Even in the midst of trial, may we always see the opportunity to do GOOD around us. Just like Angela.