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73-Year-Old Educator embarks on personal
challenge to cycle 3100 Miles to Raise
$200000 for WOC Nursing Scholarships
LAUREL, N.J., Oct.
25, 2010 -- A pioneer in the Wound, Ostomy and
Continence (WOC) Nursing field, 73-year-old
Dr. Katherine Jeter has vowed to cycle 3,100
miles cross country to raise awareness and
money for WOC nursing.
In 73 years, Dr. Katherine
never backed down from a challenge. When her
young son required an ostomy, she not only
provided specialized care, she reached out
to assist others in similar situations.
Even after battling a personal health
crisis, she recovered and focused on what
she could do for others. Her latest
challenge is to increase the number of
nurses trained to meet the unique needs of
Wound, Ostomy and Continence patients.
Cycling for Scholarships begins March
but this month she kicked off the fundraiser
by donating $500 to
the cause, encouraging anyone whose life has
been touched by a WOC
follow her lead.
WOC Nurses and an Aging Population
The statistics are startling. By the year
2030, the number of adults in the U.S., age
65 and older, will increase by more than 30
million. With age comes age-related
conditions, many of which require the
special knowledge of a WOC Nurse.
Millions of dollars are spent annually
caring for chronic wounds and demand for
skilled wound nurses is on the rise.
Furthermore, patients with ostomy and
continence needs are increasing.
Without skilled and compassionate care, the
physical and psychological anguish ostomy
and continence patients endure can be
overwhelming. To ensure more nurses enter
the WOC specialization, it is critical that
scholarship money for continuing education
Programs like WOCN's
Cycling for Scholarshipsencourage nurses to
pursue advanced training.
Are You Up to the $500 Challenge?
Do you know someone who has struggled with
wound, ostomy or continence related issue?
Have you benefited from the care of a WOC
specialist? Would you like to help those
afflicted with these conditions receive
quality care? Then join Dr. Jeter in her
quest to establish a sustaining scholarship
fund and answer her call to action! Donate
to the WOCN's
Cycling for Scholarships at www.wocnfoundation.org.
About Dr. Katherine
a world renowned educator, writer and expert
in WOC practice. Her "serious" cycling
career began in 2007 at the age of 69. Now
retired, at age 73, she chose the WOCN
Society Foundation Scholarship Fund as
the benefiting charity of her cross-country
tour, which begins March
4, 2011 in San
Diego, CA and
29 in Saint
About the WOCN
The WOCN Society, a professional nursing
society, promotes educational, clinical and
research opportunities to advance the
practice and guide the delivery of expert
health care to individuals with wounds,
ostomies and incontinence. Membership
includes more than 4,700 healthcare
professionals. For more information visit www.wocn.org