Leroy Gill and his wife, Cheryl, will celebrate seven years of marriage on July 22nd. The two have known each other for 30-plus years and each have had previous marriages.
About 10 years ago, the two would go on walks in the old Jamestown Mall before the stores opened. Those walks laid the groundwork for future adventures.
Leroy, 75, has been a prostate cancer survivor for more than 20 years and is an active, longtime member of The Empowerment Network. Cheryl, 78, says Leroy has been doing so well in his cancer journey that it was time to travel.
“I wanted to go and see different places around the world, see the sites,” she recalls telling him a few years back. “He had no problem with that. He said, ‘Let’s go.’”
And off they went: Excursion tours in Australia, train rides in New Zealand, cruise ship sailing from Rome, Italy to Greece and Turkey. They have also been to Aruba and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.
“Seeing the waterfalls from the mountains in New Zealand just plain marvelous,” Leroy says.
Cheryl says the artifacts in the National Roman Museum, an archaeological museum in Rome, are mind-boggling. “Seeing ancient statues, some being pieced together, is amazing. They stood before the 1,900-year-old Colosseum amphitheater in Rome, too.