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Learn About the Inside Story of Brain Cancer at the Annual VEPS Luncheon

Volunteer Voice - Winter 2010


Experts in the care and treatment of cancer are located in every clinic and care center at MD Anderson. This expertise, combined with state-of-the-art treatment options and technology, quality nursing, an emphasis on research, an array of psychosocial opportunities and the added touch of a volunteer, are what make MD Anderson known as No. 1 in cancer care in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Each year, the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support presents a fundraising luncheon that highlights an element of the cancer experience. On March 24, 2010, MD Anderson employee Gail Goodwin and her neurosurgeon, Jeffery Weinberg, M.D., will be the featured speakers at the VEPS luncheon. This year’s luncheon is chaired by Nancy and Terry Bertin and Betty and John Clarke.

Goodwin, who is a program manager in the external communications office — and who is the assigned communications specialist to Volunteer Services — will give a update on “what’s going on inside her head” since her diagnosis and surgery to remove a grade 3 oligodendroglioma tumor. Weinberg, who performed her surgery, will inform the audience about what’s new in brain cancer surgery and discuss MD Anderson’s unique BrainSUITE®.

“I bring a unique perspective to the VEPS luncheon in that I am both an MD Anderson employee and a patient,” says Goodwin. “One of my best memories during this whole experience is the first time I walked through the doors of Clark Clinic as a patient. Of course, the first person I saw was one of my favorite volunteers. Her big hug and expression of support was exactly what I needed that day.”

Recently elected to the Anderson Network Steering Committee, Goodwin says she looks forward to providing the employee perspective of MD Anderson to those attending the VEPS luncheon. “I’m fortunate to have a built-in support team at work,” she says, “but I never imagined that I would be a patient myself.”

The annual luncheon will be held at River Oaks Country Club and begins at 11:30 a.m. on March 24. Tables of 10 are available at $1,500 and individual tickets are $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Maggi Suttles, 713-745-0270.


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