Beth Jordan was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a highly aggressive type of brain tumor, in 2010. In the midst of her treatment for this complex disease, Jordan became a champion for brain tumor research and for Winship Cancer Institute, with a passionate focus on ensuring Georgians have access to the most advanced brain tumor clinical trials and care. She passed away on October 10, 2017.
In May 2017, Jordan, her husband Greg, and more than 70 friends, including a number of whom who also have faced a brain tumor diagnosis, launched the Jordan Family Brain Tumor Initiative at Winship to raise funds to support innovative and translational glioma-focused brain tumor research in adult patients.
Jordan said: "What does hope look like? For someone with a deadly form of brain cancer, I see hope in new clinical trials. I see hope in the faces of newly diagnosed patients and caregivers when they meet long-term survivors who have faced the same grim prognosis and beat it. I see hope in hearing researchers talk about novel ideas they are working on in the lab that might actually extend life by years rather than just weeks. There are so many brilliant ideas on the shelf just waiting for funding. The more trials we can fund, the faster we can find a cure for us brain tumor patients."
"What would truly be my wish is that others would join me in transforming the Winship Brain Tumor Center. I think it will be such a beautiful thing to see the community come together and invest in this cause for the entire state of Georgia," she added.