Peggy Gau first came to Winship Cancer Institute for treatment of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP. The blood disorder results from low levels of platelets and can cause excessive bleeding. Seventeen years after her first doctor's visit, Gau is still coming to Winship to be monitored for the disease.
She's also giving back through volunteering with the Patient and Family Resource Center. "I don't wear a white coat like a doctor or nurse, but I tell patients that I walk their walk," says Gau. Along the way, Gau met and befriended lead nurse navigator Stacie Holloway. She says that Winship may be a large institution, but patients are treated just like family.
To learn more about volunteering at Winship, visit the Volunteer page.