Lorelei Partin’s cancer journey has led her mom, Katie Ware, to discover a whole new community of friends and a hidden talent for fundraising along the way. Diagnosed two years ago, Lorelei cannot wait to ring the bell to mark the end of her leukemia treatments, but she’s going to miss the people at the N.C. Cancer Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic, including her doctor, UNC Lineberger’s Thomas Alexander, MD, MPH.
Category: People Profiles
Katie Morgan, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacist working with neuro-oncology and genitourinary-oncology patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. It was during her father’s four-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, that she found her calling in pharmacy. To honor her father and others who are fighting brain cancer, Morgan is running in the Head for the Cure 5K, which will be held Sept. 8 in Chapel Hill. Through her team, Ron’s Space Rangers, she is working to raise money for brain cancer research.
North Carolina native Ken Johnson knows what hard work looks like. He grew up on a dairy farm milking more than 50 cows multiple times a day, joined the Army right out of high school and has been fighting multiple myeloma for the past 20 years. We recently sat down with Johnson to talk about how he made a connection with UNC Lineberger, his involvement with the Patient and Family Advisory Council and why he feels volunteering is something everyone should do.
There are more than 15 million survivors in the United States, and this population is growing due in part to advances in prevention and treatment strategies. Although she is busy preparing for UNC Lineberger’s Cancer Survivors Day on Saturday, June 9, Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, director of cancer suvivorship at UNC Lineberger, took a few moments to discuss how she became involved in the field.
Simon Khagi, MD, aspired to be a cardiologist when he was starting his medical training, but a clinical rotation in oncology during his residency changed his focus. Now, he says he can’t imagine not being a neuro-oncologist and having the opportunity to care for his patients and conduct research into new therapies for brain cancer.
After a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Stephen Frye, PhD, joined the UNC faculty in 2007 with the goal of partnering with physician-scientists to develop new cancer therapeutics. We recently sat down with Frye to talk about his love of chemistry, his interest in writing, and his desire to break the 50 mph barrier on his bicycle. He also shared that he and his wife will ride 60 miles on a tandem bicycle to support Team UNC Lineberger in The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer this May.
During the last two decades, Melissa Mack has had a hand in planning just about every major research event at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as helping with the operations of the main administrative office. Her passion for UNC Lineberger is infectious. Though she isn’t planning to leave anytime soon, she said her love for cooking could lead her to opening a café one day.
Meghan Fox, LRT/CTRS, CCLS, is a psychosocial support coordinator and child life specialist for the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, UNC Lineberger’s clinical partner. She has a true passion for supporting our pediatric patients and their families.
DJ Amatuli, ACSM CPT, is a senior trainer at Get REAL & HEEL, UNC Lineberger’s cancer after-care program. He and the rest of the Get REAL & HEEL team develop individualized exercise plans that help cancer patients and survivors manage treatment-related symptoms and increase chances of survivorship while increasing their quality of life.