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Pink and Purple Challenge to Combat Cancer, Violence
10/30/2014 12:01:57 PM

Dr. Renee Hornbuckle (left) and Dr. Sheron Patterson (right) [Courtesy of The Dallas Examiner]
Special to The Dallas Examiner

Survivors Dr. Renee Hornbuckle and Dr. Sheron Patterson joined forces in the name of sisterhood and solidarity to launch their Pink and Purple Challenge on Oct. 2. The challenge is to wear breast cancer’s pink and purple for domestic violence prevention together during the month of October to generate awareness for both causes.

The two high-profile survivors have been outspoken champions for their respective causes. Now they are joining forces to create greater awareness and prevention.

Hornbuckle is senior pastor of Destiny Pointe Christian Center in Arlington. Her journey through domestic violence came to light when she released the book, Suffering in Silence: Break The Silence! Let the Suffering End – Let Healing Begin.

Recognizing that many people experience life-changing, overwhelming, unbelievable devastation in life due to crisis or things that happen beyond their control, Hornbuckle has a heart to speak out for those that face life challenges that have lost hope. When it comes to “domestic violence,” she understands that this is an issue that touches all of us and now after breaking the silence on her own domestic situation, she is helping people get out of unhealthy relationships and back on their feet by providing awareness through education, and by partnering with existing agencies in our community.

“Like me, many find themselves in unstable conditions, involving an impending abrupt change in life,” she explained. “It tends to be of such sudden change that it can cause deterioration to a family or individual. When an emotionally stressful event or traumatic change occurs in a person’s life it can be quite difficult to get back on track.” Patterson, a United Methodist pastor, is a seven-year breast cancer survivor. After a cancer diagnosis in 2007, she mounted a multi-media campaign to help women take control of their health and face their health problems head-on. Patterson organized survivors of breast cancer into house-building groups for Habitat for America. She launched a non-profit called Brave Wellness and raised thousands of dollars to help low-income and no-income women receive free mammograms.

She chronicled her breast cancer saga in the book, The Blessings and Bling: How Faith and Fashion Helped Me Survive Breast Cancer.

“My breast cancer journey taught me two things,” Patterson explained. “There is a lot of fear and shame around the topic of breast cancer. Many women are afraid of getting their annual mammograms. They tell me, ‘they just do not want to know.’ Well, here is the truth; early detection saves lives, so finding out can save their lives.

“Then there are women who are fighting the disease alone in shame. I know that feeling. It can build walls of isolation and self-pity around you. My message is that women can be healed, happy and live a great life after breast cancer. Reframe your prognosis and turn it into the probability of possibility.”

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