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Love Does Heal

By: Courtney Green, Founder & Executive Director, Love Heals

In August 2017, my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was during that first year of her diagnosis that we began to learn what it meant for love to heal. Walking through a cancer journey with someone you care about is a dynamic experience... and what we discovered in the moments of complexity was that love does heal and there are a multitude of ways we get to participate.

In October of 2018, my friend reached out asking for prayer because she was short of some funds for her next treatment. I told a co-worker as we were finishing up our closing shift at the Bistro downtown. He had recently started playing music in town and suggested we throw a small concert, charge at the door, and give the money to our friend for her treatments.

The idea grew quickly.

As we were putting the night together, someone reached out asking what the event was called. Without thinking, I responded, "Love Heals." It was the phrase my friend and I had been pondering for a year as she walked out her diagnosis and I walked alongside her.

So that's where we started. She asked us to pray. We made shirts and put on a concert. She showed up and shared her story. We raised money for her treatment. And now we do the same for people all over Virginia, giving them a stage to share their story, and building a world where no one has to go through hardship alone - one person at a time.


Courtney Green is the Founder & Executive Director of Love Heals. A local nonprofit building a world where no one walks through hardship alone.

"I am continuously inspired by what I get to do on a daily basis, championing individuals and empowering communities to change the world."

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