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The spirit of Winship

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Robert Rearden III, Jessica Neely, Julie Whitehead, Dell Rearden and Alison Rearden Murrah Photography by Jack Kearse

Atlanta remembers Robert L. "Bobby" Rearden as a successful businessman and a member of the bid team that brought the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta. Winship remembers him as a Rearden passed away in January 2015 while undergoing treatment for a recurrence of leukemia, and in his honor 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. The first recipients of the award are Jessica Neely, a physician assistant in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Julie Whitehead, a volunteer in the Winship Patient and Family Resource Center. Neely and Whitehead were chosen because they exemplify Winship's culture of caring. The Spirit of Winship Award will be given annually to a faculty or staff member and a volunteer and will include a monetary award to be made in the name of each award recipient to an area of their choosing within Winship.

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