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Written by Chris Lee   

With cancer appearing more and more and affecting so many people, one pastor is hoping to raise a little awareness.

Former First United Methodist Church Pastor Paul Sung, who gave his last Holyoke sermon Sunday, June 12, would like to raise awareness of healthy lifestyles and cancer. Sung, who moved to Colorado Springs after his last Holyoke service, said too many people have been affected by cancer.

He has seen first-hand how cancer affects people and has a bunch of material at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Holyoke dealing with cancer and living a healthy lifestyle. Even though he has left, the material will stay in Holyoke for those interested.

A small book titled “Healed of Cancer” by Dodie Osteen (the mother of televangelist Joel Osteen) is available at FUMC and Sung urges those dealing with cancer to stop in and pick up a copy. He said the material will also help those not yet affected by cancer.

Pastor Sung lost a sister-in-law to cancer and that, coupled with conducting numerous funerals for those losing the cancer battle, has motivated him to get more involved.

Some of the material deals with eating healthy foods while other books focus on exercise and keeping fit.

He said in his short two years in Holyoke, he spent countless hours with sick members of the community praying. Some he prayed with until they could no longer fight the cancer battle.

His first summer in Holyoke in 2009, he led the prayer at Phillips County Relay For Life—something he said he really enjoyed.

Sung has moved to Colorado Springs to be with his family and he plans to get deeply involved with mission work in the near future. Missions will take him to New York as well as overseas.

“This is a wonderful town,” Sung said of Holyoke. He will miss those he has become close with, he said.

Holyoke Enterprise June 30, 2011