Durham Magazine Dec/Jan 2021

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People & Places



‘Happy You Day’ B Y M I A CO O P E R

Sisters Network Triangle NC, a nonprofit dedicated to improving breast cancer outcomes in African

American women, hosted a “Happy You Day” drive-thru celebration on Aug. 27. The celebration at Kappa’s of Durham Community Center was designed to allow survivors and SNTNC members to leave their homes and be celebrated safely. “[The celebration] was like a shot in the arm of energy, love and togetherness,” says SNTNC Founder and former president Valarie Worthy, a 21-year breast cancer survivor. Women arrived through a procession of pink balloons, welcoming cheers from SNTNC’s members and music while remaining safely in their cars. Each participant also received a gift bag, including a reusable breast cancer decorated mask and hand sanitizer, and a boxed lunch from Jason’s Deli.

1 Carla Lewis and Helena Taylor prepare to greet sisters safely. 2 Jayda Fletcher, Leslie Love, Valarie Willoughby, Carla Lewis, Portia Hedgepeth, Helena Taylor, Maya Hedgepeth, Dr. Marcella McCord, Emerson Redfearn and Coleen Crespo celebrate Valarie Willoughby’s 40 years cancer free.

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