Linda Parks to receive 2019 OhioMBE Publishers Award

Linda Parks

Breast cancer awareness advocate Linda Parks will receive the 2019 OhioMBE Publisher’s Award at the OhioMBE Awards on Oct. 24 at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The OhioMBE Awards recognizes Ohio’s small businesses and their advocates.

Linda is a thriving 11-year breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed with DCIS, Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. Her passion to help others get through their breast cancer journey is at the top of her list. Linda is a Komen for the Cure Ambassador also an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery volunteer. Her fight to help others is through her mission of awareness: Initiated the pink lights on the downtown Newark, Ohio courthouse and the water fountain. She also hosted several candlelight programs using poetry and song. Linda recently coordinated a “Know Your Girls” breast cancer luncheon/forum. The “Know Your Girls” initiative was created by the Ad Council and Komen to educate African American women about breast cancer.

She believes that wearing something “pink” every day will hopefully spark a conversation, which she finds as a teaching moment. Since Linda
does not carry the gene for cancer, this makes her job more challenging to get people on board to take charge of their health.

Linda is the wife of Javon Parks, Mother of two beautiful daughters and one amazing granddaughter.

Linda is a proud graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She is a certified guest teacher for the Newark City School system (Pre-K – Highschool).

She loves to spend time with family and friends, serves on several boards in the Newark area and loves to cook, decorate, and plan events.

She encourages women and men to become proactive in a healthy lifestyle. Remember your body is the temple of God. If you believe your body gives you warning signs, listen and act.

The Frank W. Watson Scholarships are also presented. More information on the OhioMBE Awards are online at

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