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Worthen receives special honor

Friday, March 16, 2007

Good news keeps coming for Mary Worthen.

December 2006 Worthen signed an options contract with screenwriters Mary Biller and Chris Hawthorne to make a movie based on her novel Journey Not Chosen, Destination Not Known that relates the struggles Worthen and her daughter, Kristy, faced while struggling to understand Kristy's disease that was later diagnosed as bi-polar disorder.

Cameras are about to begin rolling on the production.

But, according to Worthen, this just skims the surface of her excitement.

In February Worthen received a humbling honor. Governor Mike Beebe named the Salem resident as one of Arkansas's Women in History, Worthen said.

Throughout the past three years, Worthen has not only established herself as an author, but she is also an activist for Native American rights and a nationally recognized advocate for mental health awareness.

In 2005 she worked to establish the Fulton County Medicine Assistance Program that helps low income families buy prescription medications at a reduced price -- and succeeded.

"I feel like I work hard for what I believe is important," Worthen said. "So, it's definitely nice to be recognized."

Worthen said, locally she is known for her efforts with the medicine program, and though she is proud of what the program has accomplished, she does not want her other concerns to fall by the wayside.

"This award is also for what I've done with promoting mental health awareness and Native American issues, too," she said. "I'm proud of all my work."

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