The Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church on North Houston Street in Scottsboro invites you to celebrate ‘Pink Sunday’ on October 25, at 10:50 a.m.

The special service will honor survivors of breast cancer, and also those who are currently going through treatment.

“We will also remember those who have passed away from breast cancer,” said Erica Scott, chairperson of the event.

Scott is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and wants to encourage others to live every day to the fullest.

“It’s not the end of the world,” she said. “I think taking the news and turning it into a positive helps your healing process and plays a role in the outcome.”

Pink Sunday began with the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation five years ago because of the following statistics:

  • African American women are diagnosed with late stage breast cancer at nearly twice the rate of other populations
  • African American women have a higher death rate from breast cancer than other populations
  • Only 52% of African American women report having a mammogram in the past year

“When breast cancer is diagnosed at later stages, it can affect treatment options and survival rates,” said the Susan G. Komen website. “Early detection is key and is linked to better survival rates. We believe that breast health education and awareness can change these statistics in all races and ethnicities.”

The special speaker for the day will be Kay Page, of MMI Breast Center.

“Kay will speak about breast cancer awareness and have printed information for everyone,” Scott said. “We will also have a candlelight vigil for those who have passed on from breast cancer. We would love for everyone to join us for the service and stay for a reception afterwards.”

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the church will host its first ever ‘bra-la-la’ tea.

“We are asking every female to bring a bra and paint it, according to our theme,” Scott said. “We will have snacks and tea and there is no cost. We will provide all of the paints and supplies. We will hang the bras in the back for the Sunday service. It’s a really fun event and we’d love to see everyone participate.

“Deborah Hutchens will be decorating the church for the Sunday service,” she said. “She is a wonderful professional decorator from Scottsboro and we are very pleased to have her help with everything. She does a great job.”

Rev. Deborah Peppers, pastor of the church extends an invitation to the community for both events.

For more information, contact the Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church at: 256-574-5983, or 256-573-2226.

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