Courtesy of Madame Noire
Yesterday, we reported on the tragic story of Ella Edwards, the grieving 61-year-old mom who started a Change.org petition to have her deceased son Jermaineâ€™s $10,800 student loan forgiven. Today, we have a great update to this story: Tom Joyner has pledged to pay the loan on Edwardsâ€™ behalf. (Thanks again to our Facebook friend EarthyGirls Trapp for helping us keep an eye on this story.)
Edwards appeared this morning on the â€œTom Joyner Morning Show,â€ telling listeners about her situation. (A transcript of the show is available on BlackAmericaWeb.com.) Edwards said her son died at the age of 24 of what has been deemed natural causes. There had been a life insurance policy (opened in 1986), but he died on March 9, 2009, six days after the final payment on her policy. So the insurance company refused to pay, she said.