Every day, Debra Lawry holds the hands (literally and figuratively) of patients who have just been diagnosed with cancer. In her role as Cancer Patient Nurse Navigator at the Community Memorial Health System Cancer Resource Center, Debra guides patients through the diagnosis, treatment, and cancer recovery processes, and serves as a vital source of education, support, and friendship along the way. She truly goes above and beyond for her patients, often attending appointments with them and spending extra time ensuring they feel truly supported on their cancer treatment journey.
Many patients have called Debra their "angel," and have said they aren't sure how they would have gotten through treatment without her. But it's not just patients that she impacts on a daily basis. Debra is always willing to provide her co-workers with education or moral support and works hard to broaden her knowledge, so she can provide the latest and most accurate information to patients and coworkers.