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September 1, 2014, 1:31 am

Women of Faith and Hope offering support

Women of Faith and Hope, Inc., located at 6001 Germantown Ave., was founded by Novella K. Lyons in 1996 and has held numerous monthly support groups throughout the community. One of those support groups, Center in the Park, located at 5818 Germantown Ave., is for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as those who have survived.

"[There are approximately] 15 to 20 participants per month," said Novella Lyons, president and founder of Women of Faith and Hope, Inc. "We are open to the general public, but the group is mostly focused to participants, ages 65 and older."

During the support groups, Lyons tried to hold a range of topics, which can talk about the cancer, as well as other issues that could affect the body negatively. This can also be suitable for women who have been affected by breast cancer, helping women to cope with it.

For those who are interested in learning more about breast cancer, this would be the main support group to attend in the area, among other close locations in Mount Airy and Germantown.

Since 1995, Novella has collaborated with the American Cancer Society, to hold the yearly October event "A Celebration of Life…Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer."

This annual conference, not only provides enjoyment for those who have been affected by breast cancer, but also valuable information to pass on to their friends and family.

"We usually have about 65 to 70 women, who come to this event," she said. "It consists of flowers, balloons and special entertainment."

The main point of information that Lyons want women to know and understand is early detection of breast cancer through mammograms and self-examination. Other issues that may impact the women is weight complications, smoking and frequent exercise, which is very essential to know.

"We are in the community and the city," Lyons said. "We want to empower women, encourage and enlighten women about breast cancer awareness. We are here for women and we want to break their silence and help."

A Center in the Park meeting is held every month, on the third Monday, at 1 p.m. For more information visit