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August 1, 2013

Prayer breakfast speaker named

MT. VERNON — —

MT. VERNON — Loretta Goebel has been announced as the guest speaker for the Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast.

The event will be held Sept. 6, at the Holiday Inn, with doors opening at 6:30 a.m. and the program at 7 a.m.

According to information on the event, Prayer Breakfast Committee leaders Debbie Marlow and Sherry Meadows say the event is expected to be one of the most exciting programs to date.

Goebel, whose story was recently released in a book titled, "A Life in Parts" by Vicki Bennington and Daniel Brannan, will give her personal message of strength, love and faith with a unique, down-to-earth style. Her story of hope and determination serves as an inspriation to everyone, no matter what their circumstances, information states.

Goebel grew up in the Midwest, and after high school moved to Chicago, where she earned a certificate in public relations. She worked at a travel agency, later in banking, then became the convention services manager at a large Hyatt Hotel in the Chicago area. After getting married, having two children and quitting her business career to be a stay-at-home wife and mother, she found herself at death's door after a common strep germ invaded her system, information from her biography states.

"She made it through — though not without consequences," information states. "There was a price to pay."

A drug she was given to keep her alive affected the blood flow to her extremities, causing her to lose both her legs, her left hand and the fingers on her right hand.

"Her devastating, yet uplifting personal story inspires everyone who has had a setback of any kind to get back into the business of living."

Goebel, who lives in the St. Louis metro area, says her goal is to inspire hope for other people.

Tickets are available at Community First Bank of the Heartland, Daystar Christian Bookstore, Krehbiel and Associates and Peoples National Bank. You may also call 244-9844 or 244-5524 to place ticket orders or by sending a check to Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast Committee, P.O. Box 1465, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Tickets are $10 each or tables for 10 people are available for $100.

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