In addition to her job at at Hunstville Hospital, Sandy Cross also founded the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that helps breast cancer patients pay their bills while they’re being treated.

By Meghan Overdeep
April 13, 2017
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There aren’t many people out there who can describe their average workday as “rewarding, inspirational, and courageous.” But then again, Sandy Cross isn’t many people.

Cross is a 54-year-old nurse from Rogersville, Alabama who has worked as a breast cancer patient navigator for 20 years, and this week she became one of five people (and the only Southerner) chosen as a finalist for Prevention’s 2017 list of “America's Most Amazing Nurses.”

In addition to her job at at Hunstville Hospital, Cross also founded the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, a nonprofit that helps patients pay their bills while they’re being treated. So far she’s raised more than $200,000 for women who are too sick to work.

Cross tells Prevention that she sees herself as an advocate for patients. “A nurse is a voice—the one who gives patients the knowledge to know what’s best for them in a very confusing world,” she says.

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If she wins, Cross will be awarded $1,000 to donate in her name to whatever charity she chooses. The winner will be announced in the June issue of Prevention and on the May 12th episode of The Doctors.

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