Media Advisory: Eva M. Noles Scholarship to be Presented to Roswell Park Employee December 7

Rev. Darius Pridgen from True Bethel Baptist Church to keynote; cancer disparities staff, volunteers to be honored
Thursday, November 29, 2012

WHAT:           The fifth annual Eva M. Noles Scholarship & Community Recognition Breakfast honoring the legacy of Eva M. Noles, RN, Director of Nursing at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) from 1971-74, Buffalo’s first African-American registered nurse

• The Rev. Darius G. Pridgen, Senior Pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, will deliver the keynote address. Rev. Pridgen preaches at four weekly services from two locations on Buffalo’s East Side, and reaches a broader audience through the Internet. He is also Ellicott District Common Council Member for the City of Buffalo and serves on the Board of Trustees at Medaille College.

• During the program, an RPCI employee who represents an underrepresented group and is presently pursuing a degree at a local accredited college or university will receive the fourth Eva M. Noles Scholarship, an annual educational award totaling $1,000.

• The program will highlight the efforts of the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at RPCI, and will include special recognition for staff and volunteers who have provided cancer education and prevention activities and outreach to underserved communities throughout Western New York.

WHO:             Donald Trump, MD, RPCI President and CEO, and Rev. Pridgen will be available for interviews.

WHEN:           FRIDAY, December 7, 2012, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Gaylord/Cary Meeting Room, Research Studies Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute – Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY

NOTES:          Onsite contact: Terry Alford, 716-510-0941 (mobile)

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager