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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, June 18, 2009, Image 1

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Launched in 2007, the patient navigation program is designed to Pholo by Lay la Farmer Baptist Medical's Robin Lewis and Mary Flowers. improve the outcomes for breast cancer survivors who hail from at risk popula tions, by pro viding added support and assistance in negotiating the treatment process! A s patient navi gators, we work with populations that might otherwise fall through the cracks," Lewis explained . "We work 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 mammograms. "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 THE CHRONICLE 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 SUPER-Sized 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. Pastors fight 'racist' justice Bill finds support ' __ around the state BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE In the North Carolina criminal justice system, not all murders are created equal. A 200 1 - study by t h e University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that defen d a n t s charged with E vers/ey killing Caucasians are 3.5 times more likely to receive the death penalty than when a nonwhite victim is involved. "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 CHRONICLE 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 school events, "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. DON'T PASS THE BUCK BUY LOCAL < MAMRI M

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