Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship) will honor the memory of Dell and Bobby Rearden by renaming an annual award given to outstanding staff and volunteers to include Dell's name. Dell Peek Rearden passed away on March 12, 2021.
The award was established in 2015 as a tribute to Bobby Rearden's spirited advocacy for Winship. Both Dell and Bobby were committed supporters of Winship who, over the years, served as patient advocates, advisors, donors, and committee chairs.
Under its new name, the Dell and Bobby Rearden Spirit of Winship Award will continue to recognize Winship faculty, staff, and volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service, teamwork, and a commitment to the public good. The award, previously known as the Robert L. "Bobby" Rearden Spirit of Winship Award, includes a monetary gift made in the name of each award recipient to an area of their choosing within Winship.
"Dell and Bobby Rearden made an immeasurable impact on Winship," says Adam Marcus, PhD, interim executive director of Winship. "Their legacy will live on through this award and will continue to inspire our teams."
Their children, Alison Rearden Murrah and Robert L. Rearden III, as well as seven grandchildren and many dear friends, survive Dell and Bobby Rearden.
"While this award has been around for several years, it takes on additional special meaning to us now that it carries both our parents' names and reflects their shared commitment to Winship," said Alison and Robert. "They would be proud to know their legacy was helping recognize the many dedicated people who contribute to Winship's culture of caring."
To make a gift to the Dell and Bobby Rearden Spirit of Winship Endowment Fund, please mail checks to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322.