Norma Rae Soon to Leave Us  

Crystal Lee Sutton (AKA Norma Rae) has been battling cancer for some time now.

Helping Norma Rae: Crystal Lee Sutton – the woman whom the movie "Norma Rae" was based on – is fighting for her life. Ill with meningioma (a brain tumor), her health insurance – which initially denied her coverage – covers so little that her husband must work two jobs to help pay her medical bills. "Crystal's long been a heroine to many of us in the labor movement," says Community Services Agency Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy, "CSA is proud to help coordinate metro-area support for the real 'Norma Rae'" To contribute to the Crystal Lee Sutton Foundation, click here now and be sure to put "Norma Rae" under Designation.

So it is with a heavy heart that I read this message this morning:

Dear bendygirl,

Crystal Sutton is now at the Hospice Home in Burlington, NC. She still holds the Union dear but will soon be advocating for justice on a higher plane. She would appreciate your prayers. Messages can be sent to me at my email address and I will see that she gets them.

Please post a message in the comments section if you'd like to send her your thoughts or prayers. You can also e-mail me at and I will forward them for you.

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