National Black Nurses Association honors UMSL alumna with 40 and Under Award


“We noticed when people were there and didn’t have anybody with them,” the College of Nursing alumna said. “My daughter and I would go sit with them during chemotherapy, and then we started taking them little gifts and making them bags.”

Those first informal bags turned into a program, Breast Cancer Buddy, which operates under the umbrella of the Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis and has grown to benefit approximately 40 patients a year. Now, the two-time University of Missouri–St. Louis graduate is being honored for that program as well as her other community service efforts.

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