I was probably only about 7 or 8 when my grandmother used to babysit little Chanel in her early years and for the most part of my life, I remembered her as the lil girl who firstly, would cry for at least the first half an hour when mommy and daddy left her with us for the day – she could only be consoled by my either my grandma or my younger sister who would play with her. Secondly, she never did manage to finish her dinner but she was cute all the same.
I think it was around the time that she was old enough to go to school that we didn’t see very much of Chanel any more, but I know that our family loved her from a distance and then she grew up into the fabulous young girl that you see in the photos. I would see her on the odd occasion at Christian music events such as GL Live and others, and could see that she grown up into a very sociable, happy girl – it gave me a slight sense of pride.
It was a few more months down the line that I would hear that she had passed away.
There are many things in life that don’t make sense, many things I have experienced in my 23 years on this earth and this is up there with the top of the tops. God alone knows and understands.
It was only when I attended the funeral that I found out about Chanel’s career ambitions and goals to discover some of her aspirations reminded me of my own, especially being an entrepreneur myself. For these reasons I was moved to help support the development of the Chanel Lee Smile Foundation.
Chanel Lee’s dreams will not go in vain, this charity is being set up to preserve her legacy and serve the community in ways not seen before so watch this space.
Rest in Peace Chanel-Lee Easy – Till We Meet Again.
4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
– Rev 21:4