A life ended on Jan. 6, 2020 – but from that passing came hope.
“LeAnn was a giver,” her husband, Kerry Duke, said. “She was at her best and was the most content when she could do something for others.”
LeAnn was in failing health after a nearly five-year battle with blood cancer when she and Kerry talked about ways her passion for helping others could continue beyond her life on Earth. A fund called LeAnn’s Hope, administered through Tennessee Bible College, was the answer.
“We did that to honor LeAnn, and she was a big part of the planning,” TBC President David Hill said. “She and Kerry just wanted to try to perpetuate good.”
Donations to the fund will be used to help people in a variety of ways, near and afar.
“LeAnn and Kerry wanted it to be flexible,” Hill said. “The thing I love about it is that the very first thing they listed of interest to them was to feed people who needed food. We really have nothing like that in our funding here at the college, and I appreciated that. I think that shows the heart of LeAnn.”
In addition, LeAnn envisioned Bibles and TBC scholarships going to people in need. She also had a strong interest in helping young mothers who are struggling, young wives who need encouragement, and young girls who are neglected or abused.
“She wanted a fund that could be used for the needs of the time,” Kerry said. “That might be helping a missionary, sending food money or medical supplies to a third world country or anything like that. Those are just some of the needs that might be there.”
Hill envisions much good coming from LeAnn’s Hope.
“She’s gone, but this fund is going to live on,” he said. “It’s just a beautiful program all the way around.”