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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Debi Jo Wheatley was a registered nurse for almost 30 years before choosing a career path that expresses her love for art and design. She founded Designs by Debijo in 2007. This transition was a natural choice for her nurturing spirit who loved making people feel safe and comfortable in their environment. She longed to see this throughout all her years of nursing and she now creates such environments through her work under Designs by Debijo for both residential and commercial clients.
In 1991, her nursing skills were put to a very personal test when her husband, Howard, began battling Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Their battle with leukemia lasted 20 years until he passed away on May 24, 2011. After his passing, her renewed sense of purpose led her to the continued growth of her business and her own personal self, having been chosen by 7Company as their Worthy Woman of the Year.
After a chance encounter at a Sterling Women luncheon, she met with a 2013 nominee for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Women of the Year. Soon after, she was nominated along with 10 women in the capital area for this honor in 2014. Following past successful fundraising for Alternative House, Bite Me Cancer and a number of years with Relay for Life, she plans to rally family, friends, and the community to be named their Woman of the Year and reach her ultimate goal of having Howard’s name on a research grant honoring the courage of his fight.