Pastor's daughter relies on faith, family during cancer battle

Seacoast Church Pastor Greg Surratt's daughter Jenny and her two children. (WCIV)

A local mega church pastor is now helping his daughter in the fight for her life.

Being raised in the church, Mt. Pleasant Seacoast Church Pastor Greg Surratt said his daughter Jenny has always been in the background, but now she’s taking charge, and stepping up to inspire others with her bold new look.

Two months ago, the mother of three was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“So it’s eight rounds of chemo that will last 16 weeks and then after the chemo we will, we will have surgery to remove the cancer.” Mayer said.

After finding three lumps on her breast, she and her husband went to see a doctor.

“My head began to tingle and I just knew something is happening. And so the next day, Christmas day, my hair started falling out.” Mayer explained.

Her husband shaved her head, and he returned the favor.

She said her afternoons look a lot different now, but she and her dad say their faith is stronger than ever.

Her father, Pastor Surratt said he struggle to cope with the news at first, but then wrote to God in his journal: “Dads provide and protect that’s what we do, and you can’t do that with this. It’s not something I can control.”

He said along with his son-in-law, Ben Mayer, he’s now sporting a new bald look in support of his youngest daughter.

Church and community members have brought her family meals, and even come to help clean her house.

“I believe for whatever reason it was me that this happened to, and we’re going to fight it together, and he’s got the victory," Surratt said.

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