Norma White, (right) a pharmacy tech and purchasing clerk at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently won the Susan G. Komen Model Survivor Contest. White’s co-worker Kristi Coleman, a certified cancer registrar, nominated White for the contest (left).
Norma White, pharmacy tech and purchasing clerk at Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently nominated for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Columbus Affiliate Model Survivor award by a co-worker. White’s nomination has been chosen among thousands of entries as one of the three women who exemplify the determination and inspiration that it takes to battle breast cancer.
Kristi Coleman, certified cancer registrar at SOMC, nominated White when she learned of the contest. She wrote White’s survivor story and submitted it to the Susan G. Komen Columbus Affiliate Board of Directors.
“I found out about five years ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” White, said. “I was diagnosed at the young age of 32 and this horrible news was not long after I learned I was unable to have children and had to undergo a total hysterectomy at the age of 31.”
White mixes chemotherapy for patients at the SOMC Cancer Center and after her diagnosis, she would be mixing her own chemotherapy.
Coleman says of her friend, “Norma battled through her treatments with courage and strength I’ve never seen and continued to work while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. She was sick, tired and had no hair but that didn’t stop Norma or keep her spirits down, she continued to push through.”
White said that after she survived breast cancer, she became a spokesperson for the SOMC Cancer Center. She meets with newly diagnosed patients and provides them with words of encouragement and answers their questions. White says, “I know what it’s like to be the patient.”
“Norma didn’t battle breast cancer alone, she had her husband Mitch by her side the whole time,” Coleman added. “Sadly, five years after Norma’s battle for her life, Mitch tragically lost his to a brain aneurism.”
Coleman, along with many of White’s other co-workers, feel that Norma is the model survivor. She has been dealt a bad hand of cards but doesn’t let it keep her down for long. Coleman says, “Norma is the strongest woman I’ve ever met. She is beautiful inside and out.”
The Susan G. Komen For The Cure Columbus Affiliate will present White with a pair of tickets to the “Keys To The Cure” fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue at Polaris Fashion Place benefitting Life Care Alliance on Oct. 16 and she will be recognized on their website and blog.
“I’m so excited to go for a night out and be surrounded by other breast cancer survivors and supporters,” White, said. “I never realized my story until I read it and I just keep pushing on each day looking forward to the future of what lays ahead and I’m so honored to be considered a model survivor.”