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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1
What does a mother's death, a high fever, and blindness have in common?
I was born on September 22, 1942 to a wonderful father - Edward Sr., a Ford Motor Company worker and associate Pastor of Second
Baptist Church in downtown Detroit, and mother - Elvira Logan Simmons, a wonderful wife and homemaker.
Early in life, tragedy struck. My mother passed away when
I was 3 years old. I saw her go through the trauma
of a heart attack and ran and cried for help. It
was too late. Throughout life this has affected
me in a number of ways. I did not get the attention
and nurturing growing up only a mother can give
as most kids my age had some significant female
influence in their life. There was only a younger
brother and a dad plus and aunt and uncle who played
a part-time role in our life. Therefore, my brother
and I had little understanding of the nature of
opposite sex and we experienced some abandonment
issues with females while growing up. As adults,
I had three failed marriages. On the bright side,
I am on good terms with all of my ex.'s and there
never were any physical abuse problems with any
of our marriages.
My first wife and I brought into the; world 2 wonderful
girls. The oldest, Ericka, graduated from University
of Michigan in Electrical Engineering. She is now,
28 years old, happily married and the mother of
two beautiful healthy girls: Faith and Renee. Elisha,
my youngest daughter, graduated from U of M getting
her Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. She is now
working and going to school to get her Master's
What does this all mean? I learned something about women. Each of them, including my daughters, taught me something about 'women.'
This experience taught me about how women think and feel and how to listen to their issues. As a result, I learned how to "nurture"
their experiences that later in life this was one of the things that turned me on to massage therapy as a career. For now, I enjoy
giving to others what I never got as a child; the attention, and nurturing from a mother.
A high fever in my 9th year brought about nerve deafness in my inner ear. This left me with a 40% hearing loss in both ears. At
that time hearing aids were too expensive for even a middle class African-American family. So this meant that I had to go to special
school for the hearing impaired. As a result, I was motivated to be the very best student in my class at school and to learn
everything I could about health, fitness, and disease. After many years of childhood illnesses my health began to slowly improve.
I graduated from high school with a 3.4 grade point average. I went on to college and dropped out after two years of study.
I did not know what career to go into. Suddenly, things begin to change for me. I found work in a Chrysler plant and stayed there
for two years. Saw a sales job in a newspaper and applied for it. This was a new beginning, a turning point in my life: I was a
salesman; I loved it!! I loved talking to people and helping them to find what they want or need. From 1968 thru 1976 I worked for
Grinnell's Bros. selling stereo systems, pianos, and organs; P. Lorillard, selling cigarettes: Whitehall Lab. As a pharmaceutical
salesmen; and Investor's Diversified Services, IDS, as a licensed Insurance agent and Mutual Fund representative.
At age 35, in 1977 I was declared legally blind. For 10 or more years previous I sensed something was going wrong with my eye
sight: it was progressively getting worst. Blindness began two things: first, to study more about alternative approach to health
and fitness: As a result, I became a vegetarian. Secondly, I started working out daily, mostly, learning to run and later became
a marathon runner. Again, a health challenge has motivated me to high levels of personal achievements. I have gone back to school
on a junior college or college level from the mid 70's through the mid 90's with over 120 hours of college credits; I had no degrees
for my efforts.
I asked myself; "What do I like to do best?" In 1986 I found the answer. It was Massage Therapy. I've been working as a licensed
massage therapist and health and fitness specialist since 1989. Now, I want to be a finisher. I have put a business plan together. I
have formally set up my massage business. I have attracted some people who want to work together and create a new and exciting health
and fitness center. One associate is a home care provider, another is a chiropractor, and a third is a holistic medical doctor.
Presently, we have our own business locations, but we are working together as a functioning group.
My personal business goals are:
What does a mother's death, a high fever, and blindness have in common? Everything: Everything to motivate a high self-esteem individual to do great things. Massage Therapy has given me new life and as the bible says: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," now has a richer and fuller meaning. Touching now becomes a healing art. It gives me the opportunity to heal someone's pain, stress, or tension. Again, the bible teaches us to: "Heal the sick, and to preach the Gospel." I feel everyday I am living that Gospel verse.
- To provide the highest quality of massage therapy service for business and residential clients
- Provide health and fitness training
- Educational workshops in the importance of good nutrition and exercise in a healthy life-style program