“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.