Durham Magazine May 2018

Page 34

women’s our 6th annual


The 13 remarkable women (and a few amazing girls, too!) on the following pages are shaping our future photography by Briana Brough

The Girl Power

Stacey Donoghue & Veshana Ramiah Founders of StrongHER TogetHER

a local nonprofit that teaches girls to stick together … no matter how different they are


Stacey WAS RAISED IN BAILEY, N.C., but the Bull City has featured in my life for decades. My awesome husband, Terry, and I live in north Durham with our two children, Avery, 9, and Finn, 6. Insofar as my adoration for Bull City women is concerned, it’s Veshana who’s the real gem here. An oncologist at Duke, my dear friend has scooped up many a patient in their most desolate phase of life and either held their hands through the inevitable or rejoiced in their new lease. As much as any cancer patient must feel upended and shortchanged by this crippling disease, I am certain they are equally humbled to take this journey alongside Dr. Ramiah.





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Stacey (front, left) and Veshana with some of the girls* in StrongHER TogetHER: Ashley Little, Melanie Rivera, Yazania McNeil, Jalima Maldonado, Stella Edwards, Syma Sheila, Giulia Laurenza, Karen Hernandez and McKenzie Graves, all 11. *not pictured: Madison Watson, Emily Delao, Tana Carolina Manning-Hoffman and Beckett Moylan.

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