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Friday, November 2, 2012

Dr. Sheron Patterson on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world".

We will hear from individuals who are global change agents. We will also hear from CEOs of social enterprise businesses who are changing communities and college educators who are taking their students out of the classroom and into surrounding neighborhoods for real world life lessons and to serve others. Listen to young men and women who are energized to help make a differences in their communities and regions by challenging status quo and shattering glass ceilings.

Dr. Sheron C. Patterson

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 tune in to hear Dr. Sheron Patterson.  Dr.Patterson, a breast cancer survivor, will share from latest book, Blessings and Bling: How Faith and Fashion Helped Me Survive Breast Cancer. Blessings and Bling chronicles how Patterson used her deep faith and her love of fashion to help her survive breast cancer. Dr. Patterson will also share how she did not allow a cancer diagnoses discourage her from giving back to her community. She turned despair into determination to fight as she fought for survivor and helped others. She will share about mobilizing other breast cancer survivors to build two Habitat for Humanity houses. The money raised from the build was used to provide funds for mammograms for women in need.

The author of numerous books, Dr. Patterson has been featured in Ebony, JET, Essence magazines, and on CNN and BET. Locally, she is the relationship expert on Good Morning Texas, on Dallas’ ABC affiliate WFAA. Dr. Patterson is a veteran journalist who has hosted local and nationally syndicated radio and television programs.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

Excerpt from Book:
“Faith and fashion will not keep you from the challenges of breast cancer. I am not writing naïve, fairy tales that will lull you into the false-hoods that your health journey will be trouble free because of your relationship with Jesus or the latest pair of jeans. Reading this book will not guarantee that you will outlive the cancer in your body Your hair may fall out due to the chemo-therapy. The radiation treatments may burn your skin. Your cancer surgery site may become infected and require additional work. The stress and strain of the cancer may chase away family and friends…. I will help you make lemonade from your lemons; make Kool-Aid out of your cancer, and popsicles out of your problems. I am not trying to minimize the severity of your situation” Faith and Fashion are an amazing combination--Blessings and Bling

More About Dr. Sheron Patterson

 Dr. Sheron C. Patterson is a survivor and philanthropist who helps others survive and even thrive on an international basis. In 2006, Dr. Patterson was diagnosed with breast cancer. She turned what could have been a tragedy into a triumph and took the public with her every step through a radio, print and television education/inspiration campaign that helped others face their health issues head on called The Patterson Pledge. She launched Breast Cancer Builds, a program that brings survivors of breast cancer together to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Once Dr. Patterson learned of the disparities in the health care system, she reached out to low income women through a partnership with two Dallas hospitals and provided not only mammograms, but breast health information as well. This project called was Mammograms for the Masses. Dr. Patterson hosted international delegations of breast cancer survivors for informational and inspirational visits in collaboration with the U.S. State Department.

To celebrate surviving breast cancer five years, Dr. Patterson launched two philanthropic projects. In connection with Methodist Health System, she launched A Year of Living and Giving, a fund raising campaign seeking $200,000 to help 1,000 low income women receive free mammograms. Dr. Patterson also penned her survivor testimony in her newest book, Blessings and Bling: How Faith and Fashion Helped Me Survive Breast Cancer. A portion of these proceeds also help low income women receive free mammograms.

Currently, Dr. Patterson is the Communications Officer for the North Texas Region of The United Methodist Church. In this role, she edits a newspaper, directs a website, hosts the video newscast, coordinates social media outreach, and handles all public relations, advertising and marketing. She is active in the Dallas community and serves on numerous boards such as the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University and the Board of Directors of Methodist Health System.

A sought after speaker, she has spoken nationally and internationally at events such as “Women Thou Art Loosed” conference with Bishop T. D. Jakes and in Liberia, West Africa. For the past twenty years, she has served as an itinerate elder in The United Methodist Church and has been appointed as senior pastor to four United Methodist churches in Dallas, Texas (Crest-Moore King, Jubilee, St. Paul, and Highland Hills.) She holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman to be ordained in the North Texas region of The United Methodist Church. These extraordinary accomplishments landed Dr. Patterson a place of honor in the National Women’s Museum.

Dr. Patterson holds an undergraduate degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, two Masters Degrees, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dr. Patterson is married to Robert Patterson, Sr. They have two sons, Robert Jr., and Christian.


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