Pastor Randy Randolph of Abundant Life Enrichment Church (ALEC) holds an annual event to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The event, Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday @ ALEC, also known as “Pink Sunday,” has been presented at the church for the past seven years.
Pastor Randolph says the event is “in support of our community body in an effort to raise awareness on the importance of self-examinations, as well as mammograms.” The pastor was called to this unique, community-based initiative after hearing stories about those who have suffered at the hands of breast cancer, but also those who aren’t always encouraged to seek early-detection or treatment. Pastor Randolph says, “I knew then that we had to raise awareness so that others would be cognizant of the warning signs and have a fighting chance at survival. More importantly we recognize while there are foundations that raise money for a cure and assistance with examinations. many struggle financially during treatment because of their inability to work and provide for themselves and their family.”
Every year, ALEC makes a financial contribution to a cancer patient who is undergoing treatment, a gift that undoubtedly helps alleviate at least a little of the immense hardships facing patients in treatment.
In Tampa Bay, with Pink Sunday and beyond, Pastor Randolph maintains that the mission of ALEC is to go beyond lip-service and pulpit promises. “We promote hope and we’re here to make a difference,” he says. “The abundant life isn’t just some catchy slogan but it’s a lifestyle that’s engulfed in the joy of Christ. Since day one, we’ve set out to be more than words. We’re committed servants, catalysts for positive change and Christ centered liaisons within our communities, families, workplaces and governments. We are blessed and we vow to continuously bless others.”