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UPDATE: Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum Day Activities

Full Day of Activities Planned; A Celebration of Community – Continuing the Legacy of C.A.A.R.E.

DURHAM, NC — In memory of the late Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum, the family, Board and staff of Healing with CAARE, Inc. will kick off a community-wide celebratory event in the spirit of the “Mother Teresa of Durham” as she was affectionately known. This event will take place on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Healing with CAARE, Inc. located at 214 Broadway Street in Durham.

The memorable inaugural affair will offer a moment to celebrate the spirit of a Visionary who impacted Durham County for the past 21 years. This day has been established as a commitment to ensure that her legacy lives on, as established in the Proclamation set forth by City of Durham Mayor Bill Bell on January 3, 2016. Because of Dr. Elliott-Bynum, Healing with CAARE, Inc. has continued to move forward serving the most vulnerable and underserved populations in Durham and surrounding counties in unity.

This inaugural day kick off with Tours, Services and to Learn How CAARE Serves the Community. Prepare of an Evening at CAARE from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm with the CAARE Celebration Reception. Enjoy heavy hors d-oeuvres as you meet the staff of CAARE. At 7pm, the Continuing the Legacy Celebration Honoring Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum begins.

A devout Christian, Dr. Elliott-Bynum will be honored with a Musical Concert in the evening.  Local area church choirs will provide the music and will be hosted by Spectacular Magazine CEO/Publisher Phyllis Coley.

Clergy, council, local businesses, and individuals are invited to join in this mission to impact Durham County in honor the late Visionary Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum.  This two-week campaign will concede on January 19, 2017.

About Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum

Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum
Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum

Dr. Sharon Elliott-Bynum was born on January 5, 1957 in Durham, NC and transitioned on Sunday January 3, 2016, two days before her 59th birthday. Dr. Elliott- Bynum was a resplenden

t model of a trailblazer who has served our community working as a professional nurse, an educator, consultant, researcher and administrator. She graduated from Northern High School and was an activist during the days of desegregation.

She began her nursing career at the age of 16. She received post-secondary education in Nursing, Counseling and Theology including degrees in nursing from Durham Technical Institute, Watts School of Nursing, and North Carolina Central University. She also received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Theology from Victory International College.

In 1995, Dr. Elliott-Bynum and her sister, the late Patricia Riley Amaechi, co-founded Healing with CAARE, Inc. This power team talked about what they could do and what their responsibilities were to disenfranchised individuals to help them figure out how to improve their health and navigate the system to get help.

Together this sister team worked progressively to expand the physical facilities for CAARE and to develop a broad range of healthcare services. In 2009, Dr. Elliott-Bynum inherited full responsibility as Executive Director of  CAARE, Inc. after the passing of her sister. Working tirelessly to improve her community, she built on her passion for and commitment to her career in nursing to foster a culture of service by developing opportunities to create community supportive safety nets of care inclusive of a holistic approach to life, which is physical, social, psychological and spiritual. She addressed the social determinants of health to effectively improve the lives of underserved and underrepresented individuals.

Dr. Elliott- Bynum had a long history of attracting students, volunteers, healthcare providers, and professionals from diverse sectors to lend their services to help people in need. With more than 30 years of professional experiences, Dr. Sharon Elliott- Bynum developed the expertise, leadership skills and commitment to direct an innovative community based healthcare organization. She offered that knowledge to the Spectacular Magazine readers serving as Health Editor and writing her monthly column “What’s Up Doc?” since the magazine’s inception in 2005.

Dr. Elliott- Bynum has been a faithful member of Faith Assembly Christian Center in Durham since 1994. She remained a faithful member as long as her health permitted.  She served as a praise dancer, with the Health and Wellness Ministry, and the Pastor’s Aide Committee.

Dr. Elliott-Bynum’s vision was to establish a center which provided free health care, public health education, and human services to thousands of uninsured and underserved individuals under one roof. Currently, Healing with CAARE, Inc. continues to serves more than 1,100 individuals every month.

Continuing a Legacy

Information will be available on the Healing with CAARE website:

For more information, please contact: Stephanie Riley, CAARE, Inc.


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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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