NRHA to Participate in Lee's Friends Run On The Wild Side

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Mon, 04/07/2008

Norfolk, VA (April 7, 2008) – Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is proud to participate in the Run on the Wild Side sponsored by Lee’s Friends on May 31 at the Virginia Zoo. 

Lee’s Friends and NRHA have worked together previously to support lower-income women in the

Norfolk community who currently have or have had any form of cancer. 

A number of residents have received various services from Lee’s Friends, including Cheryl Harold of Calvert Square. Harold has received transportation to and from her treatments since 2003 and praises the group for their patience and great attitudes, “they are wonderful people who have even come to dinner at my house on Sunday, they even come just to sit and visit.”

Similarly, Lee’s Friends is assisting a resident of the Young Terrace community with her transportation to and from appointments for treatment as it was becoming more and more challenging for her daughter to take off work to drive her.

Another woman battling cancer in Young Terrace was distraught as she was losing her hair because of her treatments.  Sheila Brooks, Resident Services Supervisor at Young Terrace, contacted Lee’s Friends for assistance.  “I received an immediate response,” Brooks stated.  A voucher for Gayle’s Wig Shop was sent to the resident and a shop employee was ready to assist her.  “I was so happy for her.  We never know what small things can do for someone during sickness,” Brooks said of the outcome.

Last year, “A Day of Empowerment, Bringing Out the Beauty in You, sponsored by BSW Social Work Students from

Norfolk State University , Young Terrace, Calvert Square and Lee’s Friends was held November 19 at the Calvert Square Family Investment Center .

Female cancer survivors were invited to attend an afternoon of relaxation and comfort that included free manicures, massages, hair care and makeup sessions.  A dynamic guest speaker entertained the attendees and lunch was served.  A Cancer Survival Toolbox, an audio resource program endorsed by the National Cancer Institute, was also distributed. 

Another event, “Women Empowering Women Extravaganza,” is planned for April 18 at the

Young Terrace Community Center for women with acute and chronic illnesses.  Again, women will be pampered with massages, manicures, facials and food.  Guest speakers will address healthy living choices and offer motivation and inspiration.  Educational and community resource information will be distributed.  A special program entitled “Children’s Day Out” will be held for children of parents attending the function and will include arts and crafts, food, and other activities.  

As a continuation of the partnership between Lee’s Friends and NRHA, the Authority has decided to participate in the Run on the Wild Side, an annual fundraiser for the charitable organization.  NRHA staff is asked to participate by either running/walking in the event, volunteering, donating a pledge of support or sponsoring a resident of one of NRHA’s communities to run/walk.

“I am proud that NRHA is taking part in this event.  Lee’s Friends is a wonderful organization that has touched a number of families, including our own residents,” Shurl Montgomery, Executive Director. 

Montgomery has already agreed to sponsor four residents.

About Lee’s Friends

Our primary mission is to offer person to person help and needed emotional and practical support to cancer patients and their families who are facing the crisis of diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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