Ouida Lanier calls Winship Cancer Institute her happy place. Every Tuesday she volunteers at the Winship concierge desk on the Plaza Level, greeting patients and caregivers with a friendly and reassuring smile. "It brings me pleasure and satisfaction to welcome people to Winship and to assist them in finding their way around the center," she says. "For some, it is the first time they have been here, they have come a long way, and are quite anxious. Some are returning for routine treatment and are glad to see a familiar face."
Lanier was inspired to give back after watching her parents go through cancer treatment. "Mother had pancreatic cancer, and Daddy had esophageal cancer, lymphoma, and cancer of the tongue. My interest in cancer treatment and cancer research led me to Winship. As a tribute to them I wanted to make a contribution."
In addition to contributing more than one thousand hours of her time over the past decade, Lanier is a member of Friends of Winship, a group that helps build community awareness about Winship. She is also a member of Emory's 1836 Society, a group of planned giving donors that recognizes and honors the legacy of the university's founders.