Charles Chambers, 35

Laboratory technician

March 18, 2007

Charles Lawrence Chambers Sr., a medical laboratory technician, died of colon cancer Thursday at his Northeast Baltimore home. He was 35.

Mr. Chambers was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Northern High School in 1989.

He went on to study biology at Baltimore City Community College and graduated from Sojourner-Douglass College with an associate's degree in specialized technology. He then began working as a lab technician at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

In 1992, at a Christmas party at a local club, Mr. Chambers ran into Doretha Ann Batten, whom he had known from his college days.

"I told him I would save the last dance for him, and that was it," she said. "We ended up dancing our way out the door." The couple married in 1995.

After a decade drawing blood at St. Joseph Medical Center, Mr. Chambers went on to work for LabCorp, where his hours were more stable and he could spend more time with his family.

On weekends, he joined his family at breakfast outings and trips to the mall and the roller-skating rink. An avid movie fan, Mr. Chambers often had screenings at his family's home around a big-screen television. His favorites were action films, but from time to time he'd watch a love story, for his wife's sake.

In 2003, Mr. Chambers was diagnosed with colon cancer.

He underwent rounds of chemotherapy, which were successful at first, but the cancer was aggressive and spread.

"I took care of him, but the cancer started growing and growing, and it was just too much," his wife said.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Antioch Baptist Church, 2401 St. Paul St.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Brittiney; a son, Charles Jr.; and a sister, Alachiae Keesse, all of Baltimore.

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