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State briefs for May 2



Initiative aims to support cancer research led by women

The American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City announced Wednesday a new initiative to engage women of influence to raise funds directly supporting cancer research led by women. ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer spotlights the life experiences and discoveries of women in research and aims to inspire the next generation of girls to pursue a career in science.

ResearcHERS is chaired by Cynthia Black, of Oklahoma City. Black and her husband, Chris, are the owners of RK Black printing company. She will be supported by a group of ambassadors committed to raise funds, serve as role models, and build awareness of the contributions of women in the fight against cancer. Their goal is to raise $50,000 during May.

“One brilliant idea or concept can save countless lives," Black said in the announcement. "Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and the next big discovery may come from a scientist funded by the ResearcHERS initiative."

For more information or to support cancer research led by women, go to


Junior Achievement partners with Cherokee Nation Foundation

Cherokee Nation Foundation and Junior Achievement of Oklahoma are working together to bring work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills to students in northeast Oklahoma. The foundation offers a variety of Junior Achievement programs to schools within the Cherokee Nation. So far this year, it has facilitated programs to 42 schools, impacting more than 5,700 students.

“JA provides fun and engaging programs for students at every age level, and we could not ask for a better partner to help us in our mission to provide educational opportunities to Cherokee students so that they can reach their full potential,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the foundation.

In addition to the classroom programs, Cherokee Nation became the first tribe to set up a commercial space in JA BizTown, a kid-sized city teaching financial literacy and life lessons through hands-on application. More than 40 schools and 2,600 students have visited JA BizTown so far this academic year.

For more information about Junior Achievement program opportunities throughout the Cherokee Nation, call Randall at 918-207-0950.


Quilt show planned for next week at fairgrounds

Oklahoma Home and Community Education will host its 2019 quilt show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and 11 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson. Admission is $5.

The theme is “Quilting Through the Ages.” The event will include vendors, quilt demonstrations and door prizes. A quilt made by Oklahoma Home and Community Education members will be raffled in a drawing Saturday afternoon. Proceeds from the quilt show will help fund scholarships given to high school seniors in Cleveland County.

Staff reports