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37-year nurse at The Methodist Hospital recognized as Ford’s Model of Courage

Houston, TX - 5/23/2012

In 2000, only two months after her annual mammogram came back normal, Ruby Wilson, a nurse at The Methodist Hospital for 37 years, felt a movable lump in her breast. After further testing, Ruby was diagnosed with breast cancer, and eight years later, Wilson’s daughter, Lisa Edwards-Benford, learned she also had breast cancer.

Both of them are now survivors and inspiring their friends and family, as well as the rest of the nation. Their stories attracted the attention of the Ford Motor Company, which named the Wilsons “Models of Courage” for 2012. They are two of only 11 such honorees in the United States, and were recognized as part of a special Mother’s Day parade on May 11 in the Texas Medical Center. As winners, Ruby and her daughter were flown to Los Angeles to participate in the Models of Courage program and their stories are featured on Ford’s website.

Lisa Edwards-Benford and Ruby Wilson
Lisa Edwards-Benford and Ruby Wilson

With the strong support and strength from my family, I was able to not only comfort Lisa through her fight with breast cancer, but I’ve also been able to support others going through similar experiences,” Wilson said. Wilson continues to encourage every woman she encounters to do a monthly self breast exam and get a yearly mammogram. She constantly counts her blessings and remains an active supporter to find a cure for this disease. Through Wilson’s experience, she is able to touch the lives of her patients and form lasting relationships with them, not only as a nurse but also as a survivor.

“Being a Model of Courage means I’m a warrior. I will remain strong and live my life each day as if it could be my last.” To learn more about Ruby Wilson watch her story.

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