Valerie Clark Worthy, President
Valarie Clark Worthy has been a registered nurse for over 33 years and has been employed by Duke University Health System for 10 years. Currently she is a Patient Navigator at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Valarie, a 15 year breast cancer survivor understands the importance of good health and has a passion for getting the word out to the community about early detection and good health practices. In 2003, she along with five breast cancer survivors organized the local chapter of Sisters Network, Inc., a survivorship organization for African American women with breast cancer. Additionally, Valarie and four other North Carolina breast cancer survivors’ stories on detection, treatment and survival are featured on a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation educational kiosk. This kiosk along with a Button chair (buttons of breast cancer survivors) exhibit travels throughout North Carolina.
A recipient of numerous awards, Valarie most recently received the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, which recognizes the unsung heroes of cancer care and are referred to as the “warm hand of service.” The award brings to light the critical role that outstanding caregivers play in the healing process.
In addition to her work with the American Cancer Society, Duke and Sisters Network Triangle NC, Valarie is active in health ministry both in Durham and her hometown, Ahoskie, North Carolina. She is frequently sought after as a dynamic speaker and compassionate healthcare professional.