The LaTeacha A. Coleman Foundation is a private family foundation established by Demetris O. Coleman, Sr. and Deborah A. Adams. The foundation’s mission is to honor the legacy of LaTeacha A. Coleman, while educating the public on natural approaches to healing the human body.
LaTeacha A. Coleman was born on November 1, 1982 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. At the age of 11, LaTeacha accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her jovial personality and warm smile left a lasting impression on every individual she encountered. As an adolescent and young adult, LaTeacha loved activities like baton twirling and competing in beauty pageants. Her interest in baton twirling paved the way for the first majorette in the history of Riverdale High School. LaTeacha also won numerous pageant titles, earning her hundreds of trophies and crowns.
Among other accomplishments, LaTeacha graduated Cum Laude from Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications. Through her formal education and pageantry, LaTeacha gained skills that set the stage for what God had planned for her life.
LaTeacha was the Assistant Director and a bible school educator at Country Club Christian Daycare. As an avid participant in beauty pageants, she learned leadership skills that made her a natural role model for young girls. As a mentor, LaTeacha taught future generations to believe in themselves and to obey their parents. Her favorite bible scripture was Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
LaTeacha was a 25-year-old newlywed when she received the shocking diagnosis of breast cancer in December 2007. But with high hopes and a resilient spirit, she was determined to continue to be a source of inspiration for herself, family and the community. LaTeacha became a highly requested speaker as she shared her story of surviving breast cancer. LaTeacha was featured on “ABC11 TV, Surviving Cancer like a Beauty Queen” and “UNC Healthcare commercials.” LaTeacha conducted numerous survivor events “Follow Our Dreams”; “Reach Out! Up Lift! tours” and “Million Ways to Live”; there where several newspapers articles “I Have Cancer”, “Finding Purpose in the Fight”, “Helping Other Women with Their Fight”. Keynote Speaking events “I Was Built Not to Break”, “Life After Treatment”; “Finding Purpose in the Fight”; “UNC 2008 Tickle Pink”, and several Church of Christ Ladies retreats.
In 2013, LaTeacha spoke at the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus, at the State Capitol representing the house bill 640 for metastatic breast cancer followed by one of her favorite song “I know who holds my hand”. LaTeacha worked diligently to bring awareness and education to young women about their choices by sharing her story. At age 32, LaTeacha’s spirit left her earthly vessel to begin its heavenly eternal rest on April 2, 2015.