American Cancer Society honors Durham caregiver
Valarie C. Worthy, R.N., B.S.N., a treatment navigator with the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, is one of 11 outstanding cancer care providers including several oncologists, nurses and a hospice volunteer, who has been chosen to receive the 2012 American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. The national prize for cancer caregiving recognizes individuals who have made a difference through innovation, leadership and consistent excellence in providing compassionate skilled care and counsel to persons living with cancer and their families.
A 13-year breast cancer survivor herself, Worthy understands the importance of good health. In 2003, along with five breast cancer survivors, she organized the local chapter of Sisters Network Inc., a survivorship organization for African-American women with breast cancer. Additionally, Worthy is an active member of the American Cancer Society's Leadership Council and Road To Recovery Project Team in Durham.
"Valarie Worthy goes above and beyond both professionally and personally," says Anna Jones, community manager for the American Cancer Society. "She is an empathetic and effective health care professional who takes her talents and extends them to the patients she touches on a daily basis, as well as the many people she touches in our community."
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