GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Women who have had an impact on the community are being recognized for their work. Ten women are being recognized by the YWCA this year.
For three decades Marcia Cherry has had a hand in the future of Greater Lafayette and beyond.
"I wanted to work with children and families and make a difference in their lives."
Cherry realized at a young age that being a nurse meant more than medical care. It meant building relationships with children who need a fighting chance.
"It means that they may grow up and that they may be able to affect change later in the world."
Which means seeing young people grow is just one of the reasons why she comes to work every day.
"You see them coming back and you see them doing well so that's rewarding."
Those relationships have spanned well beyond her career and into the community, which has opened her eyes to the company she's now in.
"I've worked with two other of the women that are receiving awards this year working to combat food insecurities and the care of children and infants addicted to drugs."
Cherry's efforts have expanded into hospital protocol. Writing and developing the "Safe Sleep" Hospital Policy has saved lives.
"That's somewhat rewarding that you see that you've made a difference," said Cherry. "You see that you slowly decreased infant mortality on that."
A policy that has a reach beyond her own hospital.
"Not only do I feel I've touched the lives here locally, but also throughout the state."
Cherry has no plans on stopping anytime soon. She hopes to build new friendships by teaching the nurses of tomorrow.
"So I would like at some point and time to be able to educate future nurses," said Cherry. "And give them a desire to do their best and to move forward and to carry initiatives forward and to find their passion."