The Winship 80

The Winship 80 recognizes a broad range of people and organizations: scientists who mentor and inspire Winship leaders; philanthropists whose donations make groundbreaking research possible; community leaders who shine a light on the importance of cancer research and care in Georgia; patients and their family members who embody Winship's mission every time they tell their stories, volunteer their time, and offer unbounded compassion to all who face cancer.

This fall, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Winship Cancer Institute. In 1937, Robert Woodruff, the president of Coca-Cola, lost his mother to cancer. He was determined that no one would have to leave the state of Georgia to receive the best cancer treatment. In her honor, he gave a generous gift to Emory University that helped create the Robert Winship Memorial Clinic, named for Woodruff's maternal grandfather.

Today, we are fulfilling Mr. Woodruff's mission by translating research discoveries into better cancer care and making the most advanced cancer care available right here in Georgia. Looking back over the past eight decades, we see evidence of our hard work in the number of patients we care for from throughout Georgia and beyond, in the complexity of cancers we tackle, in the scientific contributions we make on a truly global scale, and in our ongoing commitment to lessen the burden of cancer in the state of Georgia.

The Visionaries
Roy Barnes, fmr. Governor of Georgia

In 2001, Roy Barnes launched the Georgia Cancer Coalition, an organization that advanced cancer research at Winship and all across Georgia.

The Visionaries
Nancy Paris, Georgia CORE

Nancy Paris created the Georgia CORE to improve and support a stronger clinical trials network in the state.

The Visionaries
Michael Cassidy, Georgia Research Alliance

The Georgia Research Alliance has been an invaluable partner in Winship's bid to become an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Glenn Family
Philanthropists

The Glenn Family Breast Center was established in 2013 through gifts from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation.

Julie Whitehead
Cancer Survivor and Volunteer

Julie Whitehead was inspired to volunteer for Winship Cancer Institute's Patient and Family Resource Center following her own cancer treatment 13 years ago.

Winship Advisory Board

"I'm not going to cure cancer but I do what I can to support the people who will." ~Leslie Wierman, chair of the Winship Advisory Board

Cassie Mitchell, PhD
Paralympian and Cancer Patient

As a biomedical engineer, a Paralympian, and cancer patient, Cassie Mitchell touches many lives at Winship and Emory.

Jim and Sarah Kennedy
Philanthropists

Acting on life-long commitments to improve the community, Sarah and Jim Kennedy have been transformative forces at Emory University.

The Rollins Family
Philanthropists

The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation has provided unprecedented support to Winship Cancer Institute and other Emory institutions.

Dave Edwards
Cancer Patient and Winship 5K Supporter

Twelve years after his initial diagnosis his family, and his friends have become a vital part of the annual Winship 5K, running under the banner of Team Dave.

Tom Reynolds
Advocate, Cancer Patient, Philanthropist.

With his children, Tom Reynolds established the Patricia R. Reynolds Endowment for Sarcoma Research in her memory and remained steadfast in support for this rarer form of cancer.

Brenda Nease
Volunteer, Cancer Survivor and Philanthropist

Brenda Nease has been a volunteer, philanthropist, and friend to many at Winship over the past 10 years.

Ivory Cloud
Patient Advocate and Volunteer

Ivory Cloud coordinates events for children with cancer, and advocates for young women to get preventative care if their mothers died of breast cancer.

Friends of Winship

More than 330 men and women make up the Friends of Winship, a network of Winship supporters, ambassadors, and volunteers.

Lory Macrate and Ed Steinman
Winship Advocates

Ed Steinman is passionate about spreading the word about Winship after his wife's treatment here for myeloma.

Mary and John Brock
Philanthropists

John Brock established the Anise McDaniel Brock Chair in Cancer Innovation at Winship in honor of his mother.

Kathelen and Dan Amos
Philanthropists

More than 20 years ago Kathelen and Dan Amos initiated the Aflac Foundation's groundbreaking charitable contribution in support of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Kenneth Anderson, MD
Hematology Mentor

An international leader in the field of myeloma, Dr. Anderson was influential in the expansion of the multiple myeloma program at Winship.

Chandra Belani, MD
Oncology Mentor

Dr. Chandra Belani provided guidance to Winship leadership in building a world class lung cancer program here.

Joyce Wilson
Transplant Patient

Joyce Wilson is one of the first patients to receive a bone marrow transplant at Winship's Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center.

Jeffrey Abrams, MD
Clinical Researcher

Dr. Jeffrey Abrams was pivotal in creating the National Cancer Institute's National Clinical Trials Network which includes Winship Cancer Institute.

Mark and Kate Winne
Winship 5K Supporters

Mark Winne earned a reputation over the years as a tough investigative reporter, but when he grabs the microphone every year as emcee of the Winship 5K, he's all heart.

Simon Kramer, MD
Oncology Pioneer

Dr. Simon Kramer established a national infrastructure for cancer research which remains foundational to this day.

Eric Berry
Pro Football Player and Cancer Survivor

Treated at Winship for Hodgkin lymphoma, pro football player Eric Berry returned to playing shortly after treatment and finished the season back in the limelight.

T.J. Martell Foundation
Philanthropy

Started in 1975, the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research is the music industry's leading cancer research funding organization.

Waun Ki Hong, MD
Head and Neck Cancer Pioneer

Dr. Waun Ki Hong is a founding member of Winship's External Advisory Board which counsels and guides Winship's leadership team.

Bill Nelson, MD
Winship Advisor

Bill Nelson, MD has had a unique role in shaping Winship's future as chair of our External Advisory Board for over a decade.

Nancy Carriker
Cancer Patient

Nancy Carriker isn't just a grateful patient. She is an inspiration to others with lung cancer.

John Schuerholz
Cancer Survivor and Winship 5K Supporter

Atlanta Braves Vice Chairman John Schuerholz inspired the more than 3,000 participants at the 2016 Winship 5K not just as honorary grand marshal, but as a cancer survivor.

Beth Jordan
Cancer Patient and Philanthropist

In the midst of her treatment for glioblastoma, Beth Jordan became a champion for brain tumor research with a passionate focus on ensuring the most advanced brain tumor care for Georgians.

Clifford Hudis, MD
Oncology Leader

Dr. Clifford Hudis is credited with helping ASCO develop some of its boldest initiatives involving scientific research, emerging technologies, and current health policy issues.

Ouida Lanier
Volunteer

Every Tuesday Ouida Lanier volunteers at Winship greeting patients and caregivers with a friendly and reassuring smile.

Fmr. President Jimmy Carter
Cancer Patient and Advocate

The open and candid way in which Jimmy Carter shared his experiences brought public attention to the progress being made in cancer treatment and to the contributions made by Winship in that effort.

Ed and Linda Levitt
Winship Volunteers and Advocates

Ed Levitt credits his medical team of doctors and nurses with helping him survive lung cancer and as a result became a strong patient advocate along his wife, Linda.

Gary Reedy
Cancer Non-Profit Leader

Since becoming CEO of the American Cancer Society in 2015, Gary Reedy has made research the organization's top mission investment, committing to double its annual research funding by 2021.

Alvin Goldstein
Volunteer

Alvin Goldstein has logged over 1,200 volunteer hours staffing the plaza level concierge desk and taking the hospitality cart to the infusion center and patient waiting rooms at Winship.

Gerald Hanks, MD
Radiation Oncology Pioneer

A world-renowned expert, Dr. Gerald Hanks pioneered new therapeutic treatments for patients with prostate cancer and helped shape guidelines and standards of care.

Nell Warren Elkin and William Simpson Elkin Foundation
Philanthropy

The William Simpson Elkin Cancer Lectureship Endowment, established in 1979, is one of two ways that the Nell Warren Elkin and William Simpson Elkin Foundation has made an impact on Winship.

Charles and Bari Ross
Cancer Survivors and Volunteers

After being diagnosed with cancer, Charles and Bari Ross are in remission years later and giving back to Winship as volunteers.

Tom Roberts, PhD
Cancer Researcher and Advisor

Dr. Tom Roberts was a key adviser to Winship leaders during all three grant applications for NCI designation.

Cooper Family Foundation
Philanthropy

Identifying, preventing, and treating long-term side effects of breast cancer and its therapies are top priorities for specialists at Winship Cancer Institute thanks to a gift from the Cooper Family Foundation.

Monica Pearson
Cancer Survivor and Volunteer

After being treated for cancer at Winship, Monica Pearson served as emcee of the annual Friends of Winship fashion show.

Jim Armitage, MD
Oncology Mentor

A world-renowned lymphoma expert Jim Armitage, MD, has been a mentor and friend to many of the hematologists specializing in lymphomas at Winship Cancer Institute.

Pat Graves
Volunteer

Treated for breast cancer at Winship more than four decades ago, Pat Graves wanted to give back and became a volunteer.

Mayor Kasim Reed
Advocate

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has been a keen supporter of the Emory Proton Therapy Center dating back to the early days when the project was first conceived.

Charles Balch, MD and Murray Brennan, MD
Surgical Oncology Mentors

Winship surgical oncologists have more than the operating room in common. It turns out that the majority of the dozen-member team was trained by two mentors: Charles Balch, MD and Murray Brennan, MD.

John Haupert
Health Care Leader

John Haupert leads Grady Memorial Hospital which has a unique partnership with Emory University and Winship Cancer Institute.

Sabrina Williams
Philanthropist

The Sabrina Williams Scholarship for Continuing Nursing Education honors the dedicated oncology nurses that cared for lymphoma patient Tommy Williams.

U.S. Representative John Lewis
Advocate

In 2016, Congressman John Lewis announced the awarding of more than $115 million in new federal grants to institutions in his district, including a dozen Emory projects.

Bobby and Dell Rearden
Volunteers and Advocates

The Robert L. "Bobby" Rearden Spirit of Winship Award was launched to recognize those who demonstrate exemplary service, teamwork, and a commitment to public good.

Katie Ferraris Taylor
Cancer Patient and Philanthropist

The Katie Ferraris Taylor Oncology Nursing Fund has helped more than 30 nurses at Winship continue their education in the oncology field.

Vince and Barbara Dooley
Advocates and Volunteers

Cancer survivors Vince and Barbara Dooley are long-time supporters of Winship having served on the advisory board and as Grand Marshals of the Winship Win the Fight 5K twice.

Robert DuWors
Advisor

Robert DuWors has had a significant impact on Winship's quest to become a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Roland Matthews, MD
Oncology Leader

Roland Matthews, MD, is a Morehouse School of Medicine faculty member who is making a difference in helping to lessen the cancer burden in Georgia.

Lynne and Howard Halpern
Philanthropists

Cancer survivor Howard Halpern and his wife, Lynne, have become champions of philanthropy in the community and have thrown their support behind Winship.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
Advocate

Senator Johnny Isakson has always demonstrated a commitment to unlocking cures and treatments for diseases like cancer.

Robert Comis, MD
Oncology Pioneer

A friend and mentor to many at Winship, Dr. Robert Comis headed up one of the leading clinical trials groups in the world.

Dunwoody Country Club
Philanthropists

The John H. Kauffman Prostate Cancer Fundraiser hosted annually by the Dunwoody Country Club's Champions Golf Association is a community tournament that raises money for innovative prostate cancer research projects at Winship.

Sherry Williams
Cancer Survivor

Sherry B. Williams is a four-time breast cancer survivor and a positive voice for those who are undergoing cancer treatment at Winship.

Governor Nathan Deal
Advocate

Governor Nathan Deal has been a champion of cancer care in his two terms in office, signing into law numerous measures that seek to increase access to cancer care.

Cheryl Willman, MD
Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Willman provided important advice and guidance as Winship was going through its National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center application process.

Roberto C. Goizueta
Philanthropist

Inaugurated in 2007, the Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Cancer Research was established to support a key leader in Winship's lung cancer program.

Paul Bunn, MD
Mentor

Dr. Paul Bunn is one of the most influential leaders in the international lung cancer scientific community.

Cabral Franklin
Cancer Patient and Advocate

The Cabral H. Franklin Endowed Lung Cancer Research Fund at Winship is dedicated to advancing treatments and making a difference for those faced with a lung cancer diagnosis.

Bill Maiola
Cancer Patient and Philanthropist

The Maiola Family Fund for Lung Cancer Research at Winship Cancer Institute was established in 2013 by Bill and Grace Maiola.

Michelle Le Beau, PhD
Advisor

As a member of Winship's External Advisory Board, Dr. Le Beau helped guide Winship leadership during the application process for NCI designation.

Earle Blomeyer
Philanthropist

Throughout the years, Earle Blomeyer has been a generous benefactor of Emory University and Winship Cancer Institute.

Philip Philip, MD, PhD
Mentor

Dr. Philip Philip helped shape the career of Winship's Gastrointestinal (GI) Oncology Program Director, Dr. Bassel El-Rayes.

Fmr. Ambassador Andrew Young
Cancer Survivor and Advocate

A prostate cancer survivor, Andrew Young has been a champion for Winship and has supported its National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant application.

Mike Dangerfield
Philanthropist

Great service from Winship personally touched Mike Dangerfield's family in 2006, when his brother was treated successfully for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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