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WomenStories Star is an Uncrowned Queen!
Bertha Hill, RN, is about to star in her fourth WomenStories video, Hormone Treatment. (Bertha's other videos were Family Support, Intimacy and Chemotherapy.) The choice of Ms. Hill is a natural; not only is she a breast cancer survivor, but for many decades she has been a leader in advocating for health care issues facing the African American community, especially women.

In addition to her BSN from Daemon College and an RN Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, Bertha’s education includes an undergraduate degree in Health and Human Services and a certificate in Disability Studies. She worked for many years at Roswell Park Cancer Center, part of the time as a nursing supervisor.

Bertha Hill is president of the Buffalo chapter of Sisters Network, a National African American breast cancer survivors’ organization. Members and volunteers participate annually in “Gift for Life Block Walk,” a door-to-door canvassing of special populations to distribute breast health educational information, a resource list and pink ribbons. Ms. Hill is also a member of the Witness Project for Buffalo that meets in churches and community centers to educate African American women about breast and ovarian cancer. She is active in her Church, the Grace Tabernacle Church of God and Christ, and was one of the founders of the Grace Manor Nursing Home, the first and only Western New York African American nursing home, where she served on the board for 17 years. Bertha volunteers as a Cancer Coach with the Cancer Wellness Center and takes part in the “How to Deliver Bad News” project where survivors train UB medical students on their skill in giving patients news of a bad diagnosis.

Bertha Hill is a 2002 “Uncrowned Queen” of Western New York, a project acknowledging the contributions and accomplishments of unheralded women in the Western New York African American community. Bertha is a woman of extraordinary dedication and energy. In one interview she was asked how she did it, how she got so much accomplished. In true Bertha style she said, “Girl, I get up and I’m tickin’ with the clock.” We are not sure how her clock keeps up with her!