Roswell Park Recognizes Timikia Craig at 6th Annual Eva M. Noles Program

Scholarship awarded to RPCI employee in tribute to Buffalo’s first African-American nurse
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BUFFALO, NY — Timikia C. Craig, a certified nurse’s aide at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), is the recipient of the $1,000 Eva M. Noles Scholarship for 2013. The 6th annual Eva M. Noles Scholarship and Community Recognition Award Ceremony, entitled “Looking to Our Past for Answers to Our Future,” was held recently at RPCI.

The annual program honors the legacy of Eva M. Noles, RN, Buffalo’s first African-American registered nurse and a longtime RPCI employee, who served in many leadership roles at the Institute, including Director of Nursing.

“Ms. Craig was chosen as this year’s scholarship winner due to her scholastic achievements and her demonstrated teamwork and sensitivity to all of her patients’ needs,” says David Scott, RPCI Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

“I am truly honored and grateful to have been given the opportunity to receive such a gracious award,” says Craig.  “I would like to thank everyone who took part in making the decision to choose me for the Noles Award. I plan to use this scholarship to pursue my journey into a nursing career, an environment I truly love and hope to excel in.”

Craig joined RPCI more than five years ago and is a certified nurse’s aide. Her career experience to date at Roswell Park has helped her make the decision to pursue further training in nursing. She is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Niagara County Community College and aims to complete her degree in the spring of 2015. As an aide, Craig already plays an important role on the clinical staff, but says she “looks forward to becoming a nurse and contributing to the RPCI team on another level.” Prior to RPCI, Craig worked at Erie County Medical Center for five years.

During the recognition event, the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the African American Roswell Employee Network (AREN) acknowledged members of the community who have contributed to the many successes of Roswell Park’s initiatives.

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The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is 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 www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

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