Cathy’s Plano Race Blog: Sisters of Shiloh help save lives
One of the best things about writing the Susan G. Komen North Texas Plano Race for the Cure® blog is the opportunity to meet other people who are passionate about this cause. This weekend I had the pleasure of sitting down with 3 lovely ladies from the Sisters of Shiloh tea: Linda, Venus and Angelete.
Sisters of Shiloh is made up of members from Shiloh Missionary Baptist church in Plano. The Plano Race for the Cure is a cause supported by the joint efforts of the Women’s Ministry and the Health and Fitness Ministry. They have been the largest religious team for the last 3 years. Their goal this year is to get at least 100 people to sign up and join them at the Plano Race.
The focus of the Sisters of Shiloh is to educate the members of their church about breast cancer. They bring in a health professional each year for a special breast cancer awareness program and they reinforce the message that everyone should “know your normal.”
The entire church gets involved in this mission. They spread information through:
- Announcements during the service
- Personal and church member emails
- Worship In Pink event
- Notices in the church bulletin
- Registration events post-service with computers available for on-site registration
Angela described the team as “Women and men who praise God, pray for one another through ups and downs, and all have different backgrounds and stories. Where two or three are gathered in God’s name, He will be in the midst and it’s a positive thing.”
They had some great advice for anyone trying to start a religious team:
- Getting the pastor’s support.
- Engage the appropriate ministry teams – Women’s ministry, Health and Fitness Ministry, and any others where there is a fit.
- Encourage entire families to register. A breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t just impact the patient – it hits the whole family.
The Sisters of Shiloh will be jamming and having fun at the Plano Race for the Cure. They have a heart for spreading awareness and doing their part to see more lives saved. Two of the team members are also part of the Susan G. Komen North Texas Voices of Hope Choir. You will hear more about that group in a future post!