Norma Rae Will Soon Leave Us

The movie Norma Rae was based on the life of union activist Crystal Lee Sutton. She fought for the right to organize and she is now the victim not only of her own body but of this Health Care System.

From Uniongal:

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.

Please post a message in the comments section if you’d like to send her your thoughts or prayers. I will be keeping the family contact updated. If you’d rather send a personal message, you can also e-mail me directly at [email protected] and I will forward them for you.