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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Susan G Komen For the Cure Community Program

Pictured: Sharlene Yearwood, Education Events Specialist Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Selma Morris MED Breast Health Liaison/Grants Officer Medical Affairs Division, Grady Health System

While attending the National Black Nurses Association's 35th Annual Conference, Teri and Alisa met Selma Morris MEd, a member of the African American National Advisory Council (AANAC), an advisory council created from the African American Women’s initiative started by Susan G. Komen for the Cure in response to statistics that show African Americans to have the highest breast cancer mortality rate of any ethnic group. Selma discussed the important efforts she is making in Georgia to promote breast health; she organized and implemented the “East to West Breast Express” on the MARTA, Atlanta’s mass transportation system. Although this effort was successful, had Selma had additional nurse volunteers she would have been able to reach far more people. We are advocating for such a system to be in place so that others like Selma could call on their local National Nurse Office, who would have developed a team through collaboration with local schools of nursing, and retired and working nurses.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure greater Atlanta affiliate funded the pilot program, “Breast Express”. After the local success, the national Susan G. Komen For The Cure funded the East-West Breast Express that included the MARTA and BART (Oakland).

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, August 01, 2007  

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Anonymous Tracy 
Hi,

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Nurse Overcomes Cancer—Twice—to Provide Care to Others

By Nancy Deutsch, RN, contributor

Many people yearn to make nursing their career, but few have to battle the odds like Valerie Bush.

The Independence, Kentucky, woman, who was a medical technician for six years and a nurse’s aide “on and off forever,” waited until her children were raised to return to nursing school. When she finally entered the Gateway Community and Technical College, it was unbelievably stressful. Not only was the single mother dealing with her course work, but her father died, and her youngest daughter was dealing with medical problems, including bipolar disease.

Bush, now 42 years old, was “disgustingly healthy when I started” school in 2004, but quite overweight, and she started to lose a lot of the extra girth.

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