by Dr. Sandra L. Winborne
Greater Little Rock Baptist Church (GLRBC), held their 3rd Annual Pink Tea for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC), at the church on Saturday, June 11, 2016. This year’s guest speaker was, Mrs. Erica L. Mack, MSW, a social worker, at the University of West Florida, and also a breast cancer survivor.
Mack was diagnosed with the insidious disease at the age of 34. Yes, a very young age and nearly six-years before most doctors recommend mammogram screening. Erica Mack became her own screener and detected what she realized was an abnormal lump. Doctors still doubted her suspicion and request for screening and ultimately a biopsy. She and her husband, Cory, faced chemotherapy and radiation together. It made their strong bond for marriage stronger.
Mrs. Mack’s story revealed to the Pink Tea guests, the need for younger, older, and middle-aged women to self-examine and if an abnormality exists, advocate for their breast health and life. She also mentioned that men face breast cancer too and body changes should be examined to rule out any medical issues.
Mrs. Marilyn Franklin, provided the music that blessed all guests. Her first song titled, Healing Stream was hauntingly beautiful and the crowd was touched. Franklin closed out the program singing His Eye Is on the Sparrow and guests stood to their feet as the anointed rendition spread throughout the room. Abena Whasayo Isake and Lepoleon “Poleon” Williams, otherwise known as “Polimbatree” provided The Spoken Word to drums. Their drum rhythms and words filled the hall with amazing sound and meaning.
Guests were served a summer petite meal of homemade chicken salad, assorted cheeses and crackers, along with delicious red grapes. Those who brought their favorite tea cups had assorted teas and homemade cakes.
Pastor Lonnie D. Wesley, III, provided opening and closing prayers along with thanking the guest speaker, soloist, and spoken word pair for making the Pink Tea for MSABC a special event that touched those who attended. Note: All collected donations received through GLRBC goes to the American Cancer Society for MSABC.