The 8th annual Agape Love women’s healing conference was held this past weekend at Murchison Temple CME Church located on the Westside. The conference was founded by Leola Williams in memory of her sister Evangelist Zelena Wilkerson-Crawford who died in 2012 from breast cancer. The conference goal was to educate African American women on cancer statistics, care and wellness. Speakers referenced the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website that states: “Black women and white women get breast cancer at about the same rate, but black women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than white women. Compared with white women, black women had lower rates of getting breast cancer (incidence rates) and higher rates of dying from breast cancer (death rates) between 1999 and 2013. During this period, breast cancer incidence went down among white women, and went up slightly among black women. Breast cancer incidences are about the same for women of both races. Deaths from breast cancer are going down among both black and white women, especially among younger black women. But breast cancer death rates are 40% higher among black women than white women.”
Speakers for the occasion were Evangelist Pam James, Minister Brenda Mitchell and Dr. May Montrichard, of Dedicated Senior Medical Center Northside location. Pastor Deborah Wallace of Murchison Temple served as the mistress of ceremonies, while Ministers Debra Olunuga led the praise and Minister Myesha Miller blessed attendees with a choreographed praise dance routine. Breast cancer survivor Jasmine Bullock gave her testimony about being brought back to life four times, “I am indeed a walking miracle,” said Bullock.
Guest enjoyed a catered lunch and info from the senior center on senior breast cancer care and wellness. All of the women who were in attendance were heard voicing how much they enjoyed the conference and are looking forward to attending next year.