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Vol.XXXVNo.42 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, June 18, 2009
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BY LAYLA FARMER
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A program designed to provide free access to mam
mograms for women without insurance has received
little response from the community thus far.
The program, which is funded by a grant from the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, is led by Wake Forest
University Baptist Medical Center Patient Navigators
Mary Flowers and Robin Lewis, RN.
Launched in 2007, the patient navigation program
is designed to
Pholo by Lay la Farmer
Baptist Medical's Robin Lewis and
hail from at
tions, by pro
with all the
minority women that have breast cancer, as well as
those who don't have insurance. We follow them
through the process to make sure they understand what
the doctors are saying ... and link them with resources
to address barriers (they may encounter)."
In working with the women in the program,
Flo\toers and Lewis said they noticed a disparity in the
time it took for the women to seek the treatment they
needed, often because they were uninsured and did not
have access to preventative, health measures such as
"We teach early detection ... but when they agreed
to come (for a mammogram), we didn't have any way
at this facility to assist them," Flowers said. "... The
mammograms we have, they're for anyone, but we
hope that it will coax or make a pathway for women
who wouldn't ordinarily come for this particular test."
The grant from the Komen Foundation, which they
See Cancer on AS
Photo by LayJa Farmer
Veronica Rousseau sings a song from a hymnal as she walks with Marvin Hughes.
A Song for You
Hospital's Employee of the Month takes requests
BY LAYLA FARMER
Some whistle while they work. But others -
especially if they have been blessed with a voice
from heaven - sing.
The latter applies to Veronica Rousseau, who
has developed a good habit of singing to the
patients she aids at Wake Forest University
Baptist Medical Center. The mobility nursing
assistant has sung herself right into the hearts of
almost everyone, so much so that she is the hos
pital's Employee of the Month for June.
"It gets their pain and struggle off their mind
because they have been through a big surgery,
and most of them feel like they will never be the
same," Rousseau said, describing why she sings
to the patients that she helps to mobilize after
See Rousseau on A9
Photo by Lay la Farmer
Negril, Jamaica-native Robert Lewis knows the secret to growing large, lush vegatahles. His
East Winston garden is the envy of his neighbors. Read more about him on A3.
Bill finds support '
__ around the state
BY LAYLA FARMER
In the North Carolina
criminal justice system, not
all murders are created equal.
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d a n t s
killing Caucasians are 3.5
times more likely to receive
the death penalty than when
a nonwhite victim is
"Anyone who claims that
race is not a factor in decid
ing who to charge, who to
convict, and who to sentence
is sadly, sadly mistaken,"
said the Rev. Dr. Carlton
Eversley, president of the
Ministers Conference of
Winston-Salem and Vicinity
and pastor of Dellabrook
Presbyterian Church .
He was joined at his
church Tuesday by other
members - Revs. Kelly
Carpenter, Judith Dancy,
Todd Fulton. Randy Harris.
Hal Hayek. Bill Linderman.
Nathan Parrish. Prince
Rivers and Laura Spangler.
They are among the more
than 600 clergy members
statewide who have written
or signed letters in support of
the passage of the North
Carolina Racial Justice Act.
Currently being hashed
out in General Assembly
committees, the bill, if
passed, would allow death
row defendants who believe
that race played a significant
See Pastors on A 9
Photos by Todd Luck
Stratford Rotary Club President Ellen Coble hands a book bag to a student last week.
Rotarians make graduation
day special for fifth-graders
BY TODD LUCK
The Stratford Rotary Club wanted to help fifth
graders at Kimberley Park Elementary start their mid
dle school years off prepared to excel. So last week,
each rising sixth-grader got a book bag full of school
supplies during Kimberley's graduation ceremony.
It was the latest heartfelt contribution by the rotary
club, which has been involved with the school for sev
eral years. Throughout the school year, Stratford
Rotary members tutor students and sponsor special
"Oncef you get involved here, it's hard to stop," said
Susan Raynor, the rotarian who organizes the club's
activities at the school.
The Kimberley Park graduating class, decked in
their Sunday best, sat quietly and paid close attention
throughout the hour-and-half-long ceremony. Several
honors were presented to the students for things such as
perfect attendance, academic performance and good
character. Some students got so many awards that it
Sec Kimberley on A 12
Graduate Jachi Jackson.
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