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Breast cancer service at Antioch AME Oct. 14
Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed

Antioch AME church will host a special service this Sunday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m., celebrating the power of pink and spreading the word about breast cancer prevention.

The public is invited to hear surgeon and renown breast cancer specialist Dr. Rogsbert Phillips-Reed as a guest speaker for the “Family and Friends Worship in Pink” celebration at 1790 Ebenezer Road, located across from Johnson Park. 

The service will highlight breast cancer prevention measures, treatment options, research, survival rates and how it affects both men and women. Afterwards, there will be a blood drive, sponsored by the Covington-Conyers alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Christian Methodist Episcopal Bishop Teresa Snorton, the first woman elected to the denomination’s office, will also be a guest speaker.

Church member Wendy Taylor, a patient of Dr. Phillips-Reed, said of the breast cancer specialist, “To hear her speak is a blessing." She said Phillips-Reed runs three practices and that this service was a unique opportunity to hear from the busy doctor.

Phillips-Reed, a graduate of University of Georgia, Columbia University of Physicians/Surgeons, and the first African American to complete Emory’s surgical program, also founded the Sisters by Choice network and educational organization for breast cancer in 1989.

Sisters by Choice is holding a free breast cancer awareness seminar this Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Georgia-Pacific LLC Auditorium, 133 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, with breakfast and lunch provided. To reserve a space, email or go to .

Antioch AME, headed by Rev. Stafford J. Wicker, purchased the Conyers campus, 1790 Ebenezer Road located across from Johnson Park, about five years ago and will hold a joint service there for the “Family and Friends Worship in Pink” service. The church also has two locations in Stone Mountain.

The annual breast cancer awareness celebration is just one effort of Antioch AME’s Missionary Society monthly health alerts, which is also highlighting domestic violence awareness this month and a different health topic every month.

For more information, the church’s Conyers location can be contacted at 770-761-0006