This year's theme for the 2013 Baker/Zachary Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Prayer Breakfast is Amazing Graces. Cancer survivors of all faiths who are currently coping with diagnosis or treatments, and those survivors of many years, are invited with their caregivers to a special prayer breakfast to be held Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Zachary.
Admission is FREE - thanks to donations from generous sponsors - but seating is limited. Please call 225-413-6941 to reserve a seat for a cancer survivor and caregiver.
Dr. Les Colvin, Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Zachary, will speak to the group about his family’s journey of faith and grace as it relates to their experience with cancer. Colvin earned his Master of Religious Education degree and his Doctor of Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
His passion for ministry is to develop “mature disciples” and encourage the body of Christ in their walk with God.
Father Jeff Bayhi, of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, will lead the group in prayer along with Pastor Greg Davis from Zachary United Methodist Church. They have both participated in previous years and will be joining the group again sharing their faith.
“We want to provide a morning of fellowship for cancer survivors of all faiths and their caregivers as we fight cancer with faith and live with hope and grace," said Cherie Gravois, a breast cancer survivor and breakfast organizer. "This year’s theme, Amazing Graces, was inspired by the lyrics: 'How precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed, through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, Tis Grace that brought me safe this far, and Grace will lead me home. The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures.' Grace and blessings in the midst of the crisis of cancer bring peace and hope. This is the seventh year organizing this special event, and we look forward to it every year.”
The Prayer Breakfasts are held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life set for Friday, April 19, at BREC's Zachary Community Park. The Cancer Survivor Dinner is from 6 – 7 p.m. and the opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. This fun-filled event is designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
The breakfast is made possible thanks to generous donations from Lane Regional Medical Center, the Zachary Rotary Club, Jack Burk All State and personal donations.
For more information, please contact Cherie Gravois, survivor, ACS volunteer, at 225-413-6941.