Joining together, reaching out

Winship Breast Cancer
Winship provides ongoing cancer educational and self-empowerment opportunities that nurture and encourage patients and families.

On Winship’s path to controlling cancer, the next step is to achieve the highest level of National Cancer Institute designation, bringing more resources to benefit Georgia patients and fuel new discoveries. Joining this prestigious group of comprehensive cancer centers will require effective collaboration among interdisciplinary teams and organizations throughout the United States. Fortunately collaboration and creation of community come naturally to Winship.

Community screenings

Emory Screenings Nascar Race

More than 1,700 race fans took advantage of free cancer screenings at the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The action at Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Spring Cup Series Race this past Labor Day was fast, noisy, and, for some of the race fans at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, life-saving. More than 1,700 visitors and race crew members participated in head, neck and skin cancer screenings provided by clinical volunteers from Winship; the Atlanta Head & Neck Cancer Coalition, the Emory Voice Center and the Department of Dermatology. Emory Healthcare is the official health care partner for the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dozens of screenings, educational presentations and other community events take place every year.

Preparing the next generation of cancer scientists

A new, highly interdisciplinary PhD program — a partnership between Winship and Emory’s Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences — will allow a select group of students to focus their training in all domains of cancer research, from basic to translational and clinical, drawing on the interdisciplinary training resources of Winship, Emory, and partners like the CDC.

Reaching out to community physicians

Community doctors are among Winship’s best allies in serving Georgia, and one of the responsibilities and joys of being an NCI-designated cancer center is being able to offer them more resources such as continuing education, second opinions and access to clinical trials and treatment plans so patients can remain close to home for care. Community oncologists also have made it clear that that phase I clinical trials are critical to advancing cancer care in Georgia. With the collaboration of the Georgia Cancer Coalition and Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, Winship opened a new 2,000 sq-ft unit dedicated to phase I trials to determine safety and optimal delivery of new cancer therapies.

Friends of Winship

Winship has made many friends in its more than 70 years of existence. Our doctors, nurses, researchers and staff have touched and saved the lives of many. Friends of Winship was formed in 2010 to build community understanding and awareness about Winship Cancer Institute while raising funds to support its research and patient care programs.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in cancer research and treatment, and in helping Winship Cancer Institute become the premier cancer center in the Southeast.

Friends of Winship will be instrumental in this process by:

  • Introducing Winship’s programs and services to the wider community 
  • Providing an ongoing community-based volunteer corps for Winship
  • Providing support, as invited, for those currently undergoing treatment and those who will seek treatment in the future
  • Raising funds to support Winship’s programs in accordance with Winship’s overall fund raising strategy

Bobby Rearden, Honorary Chair of Friends of Winship and Winship patient, says, “Winship is a world-class cancer center. Becoming part of Friends of Winship is a unique opportunity to celebrate that fact and to support the vital work that goes on here.”

Founding members of Friends of Winship include:

  • Kathy and Bob Bowman
  • Missy and Joe Craver
  • Dana Dabruzzi
  • Ann Hastings
  • Beth Jones
  • Katherine and Eric Ohlhausen
  • Sue and Randy Parker
  • Marietta and Skip Petters
  • Susan and David Simpson
  • Leslie and David Wierman
  • Honorary Chair: Bobby Rearden

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