Sarah Crowell

Oncology Nurse Navigator, Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center – Novant Health, Winston-Salem, NC

Nurse Sarah Crowell truly means it when she tells cancer patients at the Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center she knows what they are going through. At age 13 she was diagnosed with leukemia, and given a 20% chance to live. Then, just two years ago she was diagnosed with cancer again—breast cancer. For beating cancer once, and fighting it again, she is a hero. For using these battles to fuel her passion for patient care, she is a Hospital Hero.

For beating cancer once, and fighting it again, Sarah Crowell is a hero. For using these battles to fuel her passion for patient care, she is a Hospital Hero.

At age 13, Sarah was diagnosed with leukemia, and given a 20% chance to live. But she lived, and from that experience, she grew up wanting to become a nurse. However Sarah was scared to re-enter the hospital environment, and after many years, starting over in a brand new field:

"Going back to school at 30, I was thinking I would be the oldest person in my class and I was starting from scratch, starting all over," Crowell said. "But it was in my heart, it was my calling and I knew I had to do it. So I was married, worked full time and went to school full time to get my nursing degree."

Then, two years ago, Sarah learned she had cancer for a second time—breast cancer. Sarah realized this second battle would only help her relate to her patients even more. And in spite of the long hours and exhausting work, she wouldn’t have it any other way:

"Being able to make a difference for someone else, there's no other feeling in the world like that."

It’s easy to see why Sarah was a natural fit for a promotion to oncology breast nurse navigator, and the 100 Great Nurses of North Carolina award she won last October. Thank you Sarah, for dedicating so much of your life to connecting with your patients. Read more about Sarah's story at myfox8.com.