Community Voices

Neighbors in Religion: ‘Fit for Pink’ breast-cancer fundraiser on Sunday in Aventura

Our hats are tipped to the churches and organizations that are going beyond the call of duty to help raise funds to fight breast cancer. Many functions are being held throughout October and my hope is that this year the money will help researchers find a cure for this dreaded disease, which touches so many families each year.

Meanwhile, the fight goes on. And on Sunday, Oct. 11, the Hadassah Mitzvah Chapter will have its sixth annual “Fit for Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Olympia Gym, 20355 Biscayne Blvd. in Aventura.

For a minimum $5 donation, you may get in shape by taking any or all classes offered at the gym for a good cause. The classes start 9 a.m. with spinning, followed at 10 a.m. with body forging. Cardio boxing will be at 11 a.m., yoga at noon and Zumba at 1:15 p.m.

Since the organization started “Fit for Pink” in 2010, more than $25,000 have been raised for groundbreaking research.

In 1995, scientists at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel, working with the National Institutes of Health, made the breakthrough discovery that a genetic mutation linked to breast cancer, the BRCA gene, was disproportionately present among Ashkenazi Jewish women. Not only did the scientists identify the breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, but developed a blood test that reveals the presence of these gene mutations in otherwise healthy women, using a novel technology called gene expression profiling, reports the organization.

All proceeds from “Fit for Pink” will be donated to Hadassah for breast-cancer research, education and treatment, and to help fund the next breakthrough.

If you cannot attend on Sunday, you can still make a donation to the organization to further its efforts in the cause of abolishing breast cancer. Call 305-576-4447 to find out how.

Warriors in Pink Day at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Bunche Park, 15700 NW 22nd Ave., invites the community to “dress in your favorite pink outfit” and join the Rev. Jimmy King and the congregation for its annual “Warriors in Pink Day — Stand Up for Cancer” campaign.

If you go, participants are asked to make donation checks payable to Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure.

Remember, it’s for a good cause.

Coral Gables church fights human trafficking

Florida ranks third in the nation for the highest number of human trafficking, or modern-day slavery victims, according to reports. This statistic was revealed during the summer when a group of women from First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables met for a program series, “Oasis,” which focused on current social issues.

The Gables women learned that young girls and boys are abducted and forced or tricked into coming to Miami, which is called a gateway for the sex-trafficking trade. Once here, the victims are trapped in lives of misery and forced to work as prostitutes or take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant or factory workers with little or no pay.

The women attending the summer presentation were so moved they initiated a petition to protect minor victims and witnesses from having to undergo the potentially traumatic discovery deposition process in criminal court. The grass-roots campaign has caught on and the petition has been presented to the Florida legislature for consideration in the next session. The church women also donated clothing and supplies for victims in transition.

“Now,” said Kay Murff, “the church is moving to the next step of seeking to foster partnerships with faith representatives, elected officials and other community groups to build awareness and take action.” Murff is director of adult discipleship and small groups at the church. “Together, community members can take a stand to help prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators and protect those impacted by this trade in human beings that occurs everywhere in the world, including Coral Gables.”

To learn more about this problem, First United Methodist of Coral Gables invites you to an informational meeting 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the church’s Founder’s Hall at 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables. The speakers will include Brenda Mezick, assistant state attorney of the Human Trafficking Unit, two survivors and a representative from the Coral Gables Police Department.

The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Murff at

Miami Lakes Congregational Church health fair

Continuing its 51st-year commitment of reaching out into the Hialeah/Miami Lakes community, Miami Lakes Congregational Church at 6701 Miami Lakeway South will sponsor a Community Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17. The health fair will bring together faith, civic, and healthcare leaders in a way that will fulfill a common goal — to connect service and the need.

The health fair will offer resources and will give healthcare providers the opportunity to present their no fee and/or reduced fee health services to the communities.

The day of services will include free screenings, massage therapy, pet-care demonstrations, dental health, respiratory care, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, smoking cessation, nutrition information, vision care, fitness information, MRI and mammography resources, home healthcare, stroke prevention and epilepsy evaluation.

The event is free and all families and individuals in the area are invited. Call the church office at 305-822-4313 for more information.

Baptist Church senior pastor celebrates 29th anniversary

Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. C. P. Preston Jr., senior pastor at Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist Church, on the occasion of his 29th pastoral anniversary. The anniversary theme is, “Celebrating the Spiritual Guidance that Propels us Forward”.

Pastors and their congregations from several churches in the Miami-Dade community will help celebrate the occasion during a week of services to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, with the Rev. Dr. Jimmie Bryant and Antioch MBC of Liberty City.

The anniversary schedule will continue with the following services:

▪ Oct. 14, Elder Rodney James and Mount Olive MBC of South Miami

▪ Oct. 18, 9 a.m., the Rev. Robert Stanley of Hopewell MBC

▪ Oct. 19, 7 p.m., the Rev. Carl Johnson and the 93rd Street Community MBC

▪ Oct. 20, 7 p.m. the Rev. Tracy McCloud and Peace MBC

▪ Oct. 21, 7 p.m., the Rev. Joe C. Johnson and Ebenezer MBC

▪ Oct. 22, 7 p.m., the Rev. Keith Butler and Logos MBC

▪ Oct. 23, 7 p.m., the Rev. Gatson Smith and Friendship MBC

▪ Oct. 25, 9 a.m. , the Rev. Douglas Cook and Jordan Grove MBC; 4 p.m. the Rev. Dr. W.M. Ramsey and New Providence MBC, followed by a fellowship dinner at Poinciana Park.

The community is invited to all services. Call Sister Betty Dudley, chairwoman of the Anniversary Committee at 305-624-4232 or call the church office at 305-836-1495.

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