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Breast cancer survivor pursues medical certificate at Clark

Valorie Randle smiling and holding a water bottle.
Valorie Randle in the Clark Bookstore. (Sandra Fachiol/The Indy)


Valorie Randle is a first-year Clark student, second-year Clark employee, and Stage-4 breast cancer survivor. Randle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, causing them to leave their job at Papa John’s. After making a full recovery, they had difficulty finding employment.

“People were all looking at the gap in my work,” they said. “They’re not supposed to discriminate against medical history, but they do.”

During their search to find work, the Clark College bookstore hired Randle. On the first day of Fall quarter, they worked as they spoke to The Indy, stocking supplies with hardly a pause for a breath.

Working in a college environment made them miss attending school, which they’d always loved, they said. They chose to enroll in classes. 

Their experience with breast cancer inspired them to help others affected by health issues. 

Randle decided to earn a medical reception certificate.

“I want to work in healthcare, but I don’t think I have the mental fortitude to be a doctor or surgeon,” they said.

They hope to finish her certificate by spring.



  1. Valorie is such a great person to work with. I miss them since I moved to a different part of the college! Glad to see them spotlighted here – they deserve it!

  2. Im so proud of her! And her journey through breast cancer to survior. Im glad that her rainbow butterfly kitten stuffed animal named sparkles was able to bring so much joy to the other cancer patients she met. And that sparkes saw her through the process of treatments while bringing smiles to other sick patients around her. As her friend, ive watched her grow, and not only gain employment again, but pursue her love of education. Way to go Valorie, you rock!

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