A decade of spreading hope for breast cancer fighters

By Mary Rose Williams

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Dozens of survivors and supporters gathered at a local church Thursday night for a different kind of breast cancer awareness.

The 10th annual "Pray for the Cure" was held at Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria.

The prayer meeting's main focus was to remember those lost, those still fighting, and those who are survivors.

Different speakers and musical praise served to bring hope and comfort to all in attendance.

Survivors in attendance said it's important to remember that God will bring strength to those who ask for it and believe.

"Personally, I feel like, knowing that someone is going through a fight, just letting them know that they don't have to fight alone," said Shalonda Knox, Co-Chair for Pray for the Cure. "Because not only are we here, but we have a God who is here to help them also."

Senior Pastor Stephen Barnes, who has helped out with the event for 9 out of its 10 years, enjoys seeing everybody come together.

"I think my favorite thing is to see so many people of different denominations," said Barnes. "It doesn't matter where they're coming from, they're coming for a common ground: to find healing together."

This prayerful event comes just a day and a half before this weekend's Race for the Cure, Peoria's annual walk/race to raise money to find a cure for breast cancer.

On site registration begins at 6:30 Saturday morning, or you can go online at komenmemorial.org.

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