2013-11-15 / Community

National Council Honors Cancer Heroes


The National Council of Negro Women’s “I’m A Survivor” honorees are (l-r) Juanita Williams, Audrey Robertson, Mary Diakite, and Geraldine Hampton. The National Council of Negro Women’s “I’m A Survivor” honorees are (l-r) Juanita Williams, Audrey Robertson, Mary Diakite, and Geraldine Hampton. Acknowledging Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) honored two women from Rockaway and two from Long Island at a special luncheon in October at the Knights of Columbus.

NCNW’s Nassau County Section dedicated its Annual Luncheon Extravaganza theme, “I’m a Survivor” to these four outstanding women in October at the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach.

The honorees, Juanita Williams and Deaconess Geraldine Jones Hampton of Rockaway and Mary Diakite and Audrey Robertson from Long Island, are all cancer survivors who went on to work with and support other women diagnosed the disease.

On voluntary basis they have also reached out to create awareness of cancer detection, treatment and support in their communities and beyond.


Gathered for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, are NCNW members, honorees and guests (l-r) are Sitting: Frances Johnson, Edmonia Scott, President, Jackee Frazier 2nd Row: Mary McKay, Marge Clue, Barbara McDaniel, Gail Davis, Gloria Blackmon, Pauline Nimmods and 3rd Row: Louise Scott, Belva Symister, Mary Brown, Paula Mills Gathered for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, are NCNW members, honorees and guests (l-r) are Sitting: Frances Johnson, Edmonia Scott, President, Jackee Frazier 2nd Row: Mary McKay, Marge Clue, Barbara McDaniel, Gail Davis, Gloria Blackmon, Pauline Nimmods and 3rd Row: Louise Scott, Belva Symister, Mary Brown, Paula Mills Williams, first instance, was originally a cardiology nurse at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, has since dedicated her energies to fighting cancer since her bout with the disease.

All honorees were acknowledged for their outstanding work and their willingness to help others.

NCNW is a voluntary non-profit membership organization helping women to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community. Through its national affiliate organization and 250 community based sections, NCNW has an outreach to 4 million women, all contributing to the peaceful solution of problems of human welfare and rights.

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