Chez’ron Marie Anderson died in a traffic accident on June 2, 2011 doing what she loved to do — traveling to visit family and friends. She was loved by many for her warmth, compassion and non-judgmental approach to life.
Anderson, as co-founder of Alternatives: A Program for Youth – a Minneapolis, Minnesota non-profit organization that focused on challenges faced by “youth of promise’ in North Minneapolis, was able to give back through her work and was known as a friendly and positive youth advocate. Her early life was not an easy one, she become a single parent and struggled to overcome a number of adversities. Despite these challenges, Anderson did overcome with a combination of assistance and intestinal fortitude. Anderson’s earliest experiences behind her, found an opportunity to leave the bad to embrace the good. After a near fatal brain aneurism and the care of a childhood and long-time friends, she made a life-change. Anderson worked with one of those friends, Winfred Payne, to co-found Alternatives. The two worked tirelessly to develop the concept of a safe place for young people to gather and focus on alternatives to gang violence, drugs, crime, poverty and hopelessness.