Adventist Member Named Mrs. Maryland International

Story by V. Michelle Bernard

Seven years after battling breast cancer, Jennifer Wakefield, who attends Chesapeake Conference’s New Hope church in Fulton, Md., is trying to spread the message that there is life after a difficult diagnosis. And she’s doing it while wearing a crown.

Wakefield was named Mrs. Maryland International 2019 in March. As part of her duties, she makes public appearances hoping to inspire others on their journeys and seeks to encourage those with breast cancer through care packages.

Wakefield started entering pageants in 1994 and says that “[then] it was all about the glamour, dressing up and having a good time.” She says it is still fun, but now she focuses on the platform of giving back to the community “to help those going through the trials that I have gone through.”