Anchor 6, Inc. was created by Christina D. Sadler-Young, 30 and Kermilya P. Simmons, 30 both survivors and fighters of chronic illnesses.
Anchor 6 comes from Hebrews 6 “God’s Promise”
As God promised Abraham, if he followed and had faith in Him, He would give the amount of stars in the sky in lineage of generations to come. Kermilya and Christina have fought their battles with these principles of God keeping His promise and blessing them internally and externally.
Anchor 6, Inc. is an organization that will allow Young Adults who have had and are suffering through a chronic illness to come together to share information with one another. The thought of Anchor 6 came to Christina while surviving Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the peak of her personal and professional life. Christina wanted her friend and sorority sister, Kermilya, to join forces with her because she was going through PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Christina and Kermilya felt that there are more Young Adults out there who are going through the same as them and want to be a refuge for them and a vessel of information.
Christina D. Sadler- Young: Founder and Director
Christina Danielle Sadler-Young is a woman of God’s Favor that has directed her purpose and vision. Christina is the daughter of Rev. John and Patricia Sadler, Sr. She was born and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina graduating high school from the 1st class at Highland School of Technology in 2003. She continued education at Gaston College and transferred to the University of North Carolina of Greensboro to complete her Bachelor of Science in 2008 in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies with a Minor in Business Administration. In 2008, Christina began her career with Verizon Wireless where she achieved many successes and promotions. Christina received the biggest promotion of her Verizon Wireless career in 2013 leading the Top 5 location in the country with 40 employees to many triumphs in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Along with career excitement Christina was placed with the love of her life, David Young, in 2011 and married in Gastonia, North Carolina on October 12th, 2013. Christina was on “Cloud 9” with career and life/love until November 15, 2013 came with devastation of “You have Cancer.” Christina did not allow Cancer to defeat her purpose of developing and being an advocate for people. God called her to create Anchor 6, Inc., a non-profit organization that is a voice for Young Adults in their “trailblazing” years dealing with a Chronic Illness. Christina is a living testimony of God’s miracles and also a sufferer of chronic illness. “Always be the change that you want to see in others.”
Kermilya P. Simmons: Co-Founder and Co-Director
Kermilya Pinkney Simmons is a driven woman, that desires to use her gifts to fulfill her God given purpose. Kermilya is the daughter of Kermit and Norene Pinkney, Sr. She was born in Winston Salem, NC but grew up in the Appalachian Mountains (Blowing Rock and Boone). Kermilya graduated from Watauga High School in 2003. She then went on to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, and a Minor in Public Health in 2008. In 2009, Kermilya began her career as a Public Health Nutritionist for the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC). In 2013, Kermilya was promoted to Nutritionist Supervisor, where she worked alongside the WIC Director at the Cabarrus Health Alliance. One month after her promotion, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Initially, the diagnosis was a huge blow to her and her husband, Marcus Simmons. Very little was known about PCOS, and there were no concrete answers about the future. Their primary concern was infertility. In 2014, with lots of prayer, Kermilya moved forward, and focused on learning more about her illness. In an effort to bring awareness, she shared her story and her journey on a blog and social media. In March of 2015, Christina shared her vision of Anchor 6 with Kermilya; and she has been on board to see this vision come into fruition ever since. On September 5, 2015, Kermilya and Marcus were blessed with their miracle baby, “Maddie”. Kermilya is a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. She says, “Having a chronic illness is tough, but without PCOS I would not be where I am today! I have PCOS, but PCOS does not have me!”