Local nurse makes fighting childhood cancer her personal mission

By Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondent

Many health professionals are advised to avoid permitting the suffering they see on an average basis from personally affecting them. It would seem that Jolene Cannady is not your average nurse. Having endured the loss of her father to cancer in 2007 and witnessing so many of her young patients’ health deteriorate because of this disease, this Alamance County resident and nurse decided to become proactive in inspiring change, especially for children.

On Oct, 16, she’ll be participating in the Ramblin’ Rose Women’s half marathon in Durham for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. This organization was created by Alexandra “Alex” Scott in 2000, a young cancer patient as a way to raise money to fund cancer research. Scott lost her battle with cancer in 2004, but the foundation that carries her name has raised more than $45 million and funded more than 200 research projects nationwide.

“I have made it my own personal mission to help fight the fight against cancer through my running. I have been a Registered Nurse for 13 years and in my career I have worked with children afflicted with various forms of cancer. They have taught me some of the greatest life lessons. Staying positive and always smiling being the two most important lessons,” she said.

Cannady is currently a nurse at the Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington. She is determined to reach her goal of $1,300 before the big race and has organized a fundraiser to support the effort. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 3, outside of the Old Navy Store, 1453 University Boulevard, Burlington, glasses of lemonade will be sold for a donation of your choice. Additionally, Old Navy will be providing a hot dog stand, cotton candy stand a popcorn stand and will be donating profits from these stands, as well.

For more details, visit Cannady’s site: www.crowdrise.com/JazzyJosFightForTheCause/fundraiser/JoleneCannady.

 Sabrina Otero is a freshman at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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