ZION, Il – The Rev. Desmond Pringle, the noted gospel singer-song writer, is teaming up with Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), to present a concert “A Night of Hope and Inspiration” at West Angeles Church of God and Christ, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd., Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Our Journey of Hope program at CTCA, and the Rev. Percy McCray, director of pastoral care at CTCA Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill., are hosting the concert during Breast Cancer Awareness month to bring the message to the Los Angeles community about how OJOH has helped thousands of cancer patients and their families.
“I am very excited about partnering with Our Journey of Hope,” said Rev. Pringle. “It is a very powerful tool to get information into the African American community, which is adversely affected by cancer. As a minster of gospel and a pastor, it is incumbent on me to use the talent and information that I have to help. If there is hope for one’s health, that needs to be heralded. I’m thrilled to be in partnership to share the enlightenment that your diagnosis does not have to be a death sentence.”
Celebrities, local pastors and other community leaders have been invited to this “red carpet” event.
It is the final concert in a three-city concert tour that began in Chicago in May, followed by one in Charleston, S.C., Rev. Pringle’s home town, later in May. He will sing selections from his new album, “Fidelity.”
The Our Journey of Hope (OJOH) program provides training for church lay ministries, equipping them with tools and tips for effectively caring for cancer patients and their families. OJOH also provides education about prevention, detection, cancer screenings, resulting in a healthier community. The OJOH program endeavors to serve and inspire every person in need of spiritual support during the battle with cancer, including family members and caregivers. CTCA views faith as a primary component in the healing process.
African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the United States for most cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2009, an ACS report found the death rate for all cancers combined was 31 percent higher in African American men and 15 percent higher in African American women than in white men and women, respectively. Overall, it is predicted that about 1 in 2 African American men and 1 in 3 African American women would be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
Rev. McCray, an ordained minister and member of the National Chaplain Association, has been recognized as one of the “most influential African Americans” in the Chicago metropolitan area for his religious and leadership roles within the community. He is well versed in assisting families through the cancer journey by getting them to tap into a “power source” greater than themselves.
“Faith is so essential to helping both the patients and their families through difficult times because it equips them with a full arsenal to move forward,” said Rev. McCray. “It takes a heroic effort to overcome cancer, but if you put your trust in God, no challenge is insurmountable.”
Rev. Pringle is senior pastor of the Watered Garden Fellowship in Los Angeles. He has been named the best male vocalist by the African American Religious Connection. He was a president of urban/gospel music for Warner Bros. Records, from 2000 to 2005.
Pringle’s songwriting hits include “High Praise” on Bishop Paul Morton’s “Let It Rain,” on the number one hit CD, and “Holiness is Right” on the Grammy-nominated CD “CeCe Winans Presents the Born Again Church Choir,” which won a Dove Award as Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.
“I’m delighted and full of anticipation about this concert, because it will be my first introduction to the L.A. community as a musical artist. Even though I have been pastoring here three years, many people in L.A. do not know that I have relocated here.”
About Reverend McCray
Rev. McCray strives to provide an ecumenical umbrella of spiritual support for patients, family members and staff whereby persons of any faith can be strengthened, motivated and inspired to combat cancer. In creating an environment conducive to healing and recovery, the spiritual support team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America exists as a great source of comfort for patients and families.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals focusing on complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.
About the Our Journey of Hope Program
Lead by Reverend Percy McCray, the Our Journey of Hope program provides critical training and skills to ministers, lay ministers, congregants and community groups for ministry and outreach to cancer patients and their families. The program helps lay ministers connect and support cancer patients throughout the community — both for those individuals who attend church and those who don’t. Everyone will benefit tremendously from the hope and help that lay ministers and their church/faith-based community family can offer. The Our Journey of Hope program has been designed with the invaluable insight of cancer patients, leading cancer experts and spiritual advisors. Visit www.ourjourneyofhope.com for more information.
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