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Family Honors Husband, Father with Myeloma Endowment

Dr. Nancy Newton and her son, Elliot Glass, knew that their husband and father wanted to support Winship. That’s why when Dr. David Bankes Glass, professor emeritus in pharmacology at Emory, passed away, Newton and Elliot created an endowment in his name and continue to contribute today.

“My dad was consistently very happy with Winship and everybody there,” said Elliot. “We never felt rushed, which was so important for me. Dr. Lonial and everyone on his team always took the time to make sure all of our questions were fully answered and that we were completely comfortable with my father’s treatment plan.”

The David Banks Glass Endowment funds Winship’s myeloma program and supports the research efforts of Sagar Lonial, MD, professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, vice chair of clinical affairs, and director of translational research for the B-Cell Malignancy Program at Winship. “Dr. Glass was an incredible scientist, so to have an endowment to support laboratory work in myeloma in his name is quite amazing,” Lonial said. “Having that kind of a legacy imprinted on the groundbreaking work we’re doing here is an honor.”

“We were pleased to be able to give Dr. Lonial oversight of our research fund with the hope that continued research will find advanced and more effective treatment options in the future,” said Elliot.

Endowments and research funds allow Winship’s physicians and scientists to conduct pioneering studies that the NIH no longer funds. Researchers rely on the foresight and generosity of individuals to set things in motion in the hope that high-risk, high-reward projects will give fruition to future studies and funding.

Newton, David’s wife, is a graduate of Emory who spent her career in the medical field. Newton also has a passion for Winship and its people after being treated for breast cancer here. “There is such great research going on at Winship, which, in addition to its clinical programs, is the cornerstone of a great cancer center,” she said. “I would encourage anyone who can to give to Winship.”

Above all, the Newton-Glass family has a deep and emotional connection to Winship. “I couldn’t have asked for a better facility or people with whom to go through that unfortunate life situation,” said Elliot. “We really felt like people genuinely cared about my father and our family’s particular circumstances.”