JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One Jacksonville mother has made it her life's mission to help save lives on the First Coast.
For 20 years now she's reached out to women, telling them about staying healthy and doing regular breast exams. Just last year her own daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer. And after being dealt that hefty blow, in just a few days together they'll spread awareness.
The 20th Annual Sisters Conference is set for this weekend, starting Friday evening at Truth for Living Ministries. There, Carolyn Love and her daughter Chelsea Hunt hope to inspire and encourage others.
"The doctor found something that just didn't feel right," said Carolyn Love. "The call was on a Friday. Yes it was breast cancer."
Love with the help of her congregation has held the Sisters Conference. Workshops filled with words of encouragement, focusing on a healthy mind, body, and soul. Early detection she says, saved her daughters life.
"It was not just making others aware, it was a process and a journey that we as a family were going through."
Her daughter Chelsea Hunt, says it was a frightening time.
"Needless to say I was devastated, I was numb," said Hunt. "Who wants to hear that you have cancer?"
Hunt says her mother stood by her side through it all. And still managed to help put together a tradition she won't let die; The Sisters Conference.
Now in it's 20th year, the ladies at Truth for Living Ministries continue to uplift families in the Jacksonville community.
"It has even given me much more of a greater passion to make sure ladies get there," said Love. "The best thing you can do for yourself is stay on top of things."
Love says the conference is not just for women, but for the entire family. She hopes people will leave feeling inspired to live happy healthy lives.
It will be held at 159 Clark Road Jacksonville, FL 32218, which is located between Main Street and Broward Rd.
The event starts at 6:45 p.m. Friday, October 11th and continues on Saturday, October 12th at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, October 13th at 9:30 a.m.
First Coast News