Komen Northwest Ohio and Center of Hope Community Baptist Church Host Women’s Empowerment Day in honor of Breast Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Deacon David Johnson, New Prospect Baptist Church, Detroit, MI, Rev. April Hearn, Geraldine Hearn, Jamison Peryrman-Clark, Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark, Dr. Tracee Perryman, First Lady, Willetta Perryman, Dr. Donald L. Perryman, Pastor Center of Hope.


On October 23rd, 2016, Center of Hope Community Baptist Church partnered with Susan G. Komen Northwest for its 2nd Annual Worship in Pink Sunday – A tribute to Breast Cancer Survivors, Caregivers, and Loved Ones. The event honored Breast Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, promoted screening, prevention, and early identification, and emphasized a culture of wellness and self-care among African American women. According to Dr. Donald L. Perryman, Pastor, “Center of Hope, believing that there is no true separation between body and spirit, strives to reconnect holistic Christ-centered ministry (social, political, economic, health & wellness, and all facets of contemporary life) to our spiritual and cultural foundations.”

(From left) Minnie Brown, Barbara Oxner, Hazel Pettaway and Monica Riley celebrate through worship.
(From left) Minnie Brown, Barbara Oxner, Hazel Pettaway and Monica Riley celebrate through worship.

Center of Hope also aims to alleviate misconceptions and fear within the African American faith community regarding disease prevention and health promotion. Dr. Perryman, Pastor, states, “There are several ways churches can become involved. We can pray for, support, and encourage breast cancer survivors, their caregivers and loved ones. We can also promote awareness and education through church ministries and help others to become empowered to participate in their own wellness by encouraging them to obtain regular mammograms. Finally, churches can partner with public policy advocates and professional social organizations such as Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio to address and support the African American church in our mission of holistic healing and hope.

First Lady Willetta Perryman, stated, “We planned this service in conjunction with Center of Hope’s Annual Women’s Empowerment Day, because we wanted to worship with a larger purpose. God is good all the time, but this year, we praise Him even more because one of our members, Marilyn Stegall, scheduled her mammogram screening after coming to last year’s Worship in Pink. Because of that, she was diagnosed earlier, and she is still with us – doing well! Screenings save lives!”

Along with Marilyn Stegall, Center of Hope honored the following survivors – Geraldine Hearn, Gia Haskins, Bessie Mack, Monica Riley, Barbara Oxner, and Hazel Pettaway. The morning speaker was Reverend April Hearn, of Detroit Michigan. Rev. Hearn, who has been Center of Hope’s speaker for 14 years, is personally affected by this issue, as her mother, Geraldine Hearn has survived breast cancer twice. While emphasizing the importance of spirituality, this program is expected to catalyze a stronger and broader collaboration between local Health Systems, Churches, and the larger African American community. According to Dr. Donald Perryman, pastor, “we have hopes of developing and sustaining a collective faith-based response to breast cancer, and ultimately other public health concerns.”

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Councilwoman Sandy Spang, Dr. Donald L. Perryman in attendance.
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, Councilwoman Sandy Spang, Dr. Donald L. Perryman in attendance.

Several community leaders and elected officials came to honor the survivors, and to support Center of Hope’s leadership in addressing social issues within a religious setting. The event was attended by Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson, and City Council members, Dr. Cecelia Adams, Sandy Spang, and Tyrone Riley. Worship in Pink was sponsored by Lucas County Commissioner Peter Gerken, Powell’s Beauty and Barber Supply, Lasalle Cleaners, Farmers Insurance, C. Brown Funeral Home, and Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio.


About Susan G. Komen® and the Komen Northwest Ohio

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Through events like the Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure events, Komen Northwest Ohio has invested $11 million dollars in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in 24 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Additionally, 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The remaining income goes to the national Susan G. Komen Grants Program to fund research. For more information, call 419-724 CURE or 1-877-604-CURE, or visit www.komennwohio.org.


Center of Hope Community Baptist Church

Center of Hope Community Baptist Church’s vision is to restore hope to the community by becoming a center for change that reconnects holistic Christ-centered ministry in social, economic, and all facets of contemporary life to our spiritual and cultural foundations. For more information see: http://centerofhopebaptist.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=40792&PID=1027648