Spotlight is highlighting a member of the Sisters Network Triangle organization. This member has worked in the community to educate other women about breast cancer and survivorship.

Dean Jeffries Johnson was born in Burlington, NC where she attended the Burlington City Schools. She graduated from North Carolina Central University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Social Work.

She received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Aging from University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Dean was a part of the first class to begin part-time studies in the School of Social Work. She was awarded a minority scholarship with afforded her the opportunity to complete here studies full time.

Dean is currently serving outpatient in several of the specialty clinics at Duke South. She is often sought to handle complex situations because she is rarely overwhelmed with the need. It seems like Dean just sits back and says, “Well, have you thought about it this way.” She was selected by her co-workers as Social Worker of the Year in 2006.

Dean received the news in July 2002 that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dean really tried her best to take breast cancer to another level. She was determined through her faith, personal relationship with God…She was not only going to survive, she was going to thrive and tell the world about it. She knows that breast cancer is a disease that not only affects the survivor, its affects the entire family.

Dean feels blessed to have a supportive family and wonderful friends. Dean resides in Cary, NC with her family. She married her best friend, Rev. Keith Johnson in 1997. They have one son, Patrick. Dean remains committed in this fight against breast cancer. She feels in her pink heard that we will find a cure one day very soon. Let’s not give up now..