“Cary exemplifies what Hometown Heroes mean to us,” said Darrell Waltrip. “We have met some amazing people that live in our community with this event. They fly under the radar, are selfless and always serving others, and not getting never enough credit for it.”
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Geary Trussel, Suzanne Trussel, Starling Evins, M.D., Stephanie Clark, Cary Ralph, Darrell Waltrip, Tim Burton, Lori Orme, Phylllis Molyneux, Ashley Perkins, Paul Bolin, Angela Bagsby, Lanesia Johnson and Susan Garland.
Cary Ralph, RN, spends her days, and often her nights and weekends, helping women who are battling breast cancer learn to navigate their way through the disease. As soon as they are diagnosed, Cary is there with them. She doesn’t keep any set hours. She is at the hospital, on the phone, or in her office with a patient whenever they need her. She almost never says no to them. She answers questions, holds their hand during a biopsy, goes into surgery with them, and on and on.
In honor of Cary’s work she was recently named a Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group Hometown Hero.
“I thought everyone had a cancer nurse like Cary Ralph, but apparently not,” shared a former patient of Cary’s. “I assumed all the different facilities had the same things we have here at Williamson, but that isn’t the case. My friends asked me where I got my wig. I told them Cary ordered it for me and they said they had to go to a store and buy theirs. I had several biopsies and Cary sat there and held my hand and coached me through every one of them. She was there for me. She was my family.”
The Accredited Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center is focused solely on breast health. Let by breast surgeon Rebecca Baskin, M.D., and a team of dedicated nurses and staff including Cary as a full-time nurse navigator, the center has received the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers two years running.
The center has also been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, and accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is a subsidiary of the American College of Surgeons. Williamson Medical Center’s Imaging Center, which is adjacent to the Breast Health Center at 4601 Carothers Parkway in Franklin, provides the majority of outpatient imaging to include biopsies for patient convenience.
As a part of her Hometown Hero award, Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group donated $500 to the Williamson Medical Center Foundation in her honor.
“For me to be able to help someone feel better during the diagnosis of cancer and to know I helped them at that time is probably the most rewarding thing in the world,” shared Ralph. “That’s why I keep doing it. It keeps me going. It keeps me ready to come back every day.”
Darrell Waltrip Automotive’s Hometown Heroes is an event honoring locals making a difference in the Middle Tennessee community. To learn more or to nominate your hero visit DarrellWaltrip.com/Heroes.