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Mary Gorrell Jones, Founder

Following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2003, Mary Gorrell Jones created the Alight Initiative to provide adequate resources so others diagnosed with breast cancer could be better informed about treatment options and what to expect. In addition, she wanted to make sure each patient and their family had a support network to help them through the difficult times ahead. Mary's desire was to help ease the fear, panic, and disbelief of new patients so they could focus on the business of healing.

 
 
 

Who We Are

Melissa Vogelsinger, Executive Director

Seven years after my own stage III breast cancer journey, I am forever mindful of what a privilege and blessing it is to have one-on-one contact with newly diagnosed patients to help ease the cancer burden.

If you're a newly diagnosed patient, then you have come to the right place! I want to assure you that calling our office for support is a positive step on the path to recovery. I encourage you to reach out to us.

If you are a breast cancer survivor and would like to give back to the cancer community, then I’d love to hear from you too! We hold peer mentor training quarterly and are always looking for positive role models to walk this journey with the newly diagnosed.

   
If you're interested in becoming an Alight volunteer or fundraiser, or have an event you'd like to discuss with us, then we’d be thrilled to get your call. We are always interested in opportunities to share our mission in the community as well as raise funds for our programming.

If you are a community member who would like to become a donor or corporate partner and want to hear more about how we touch the lives of every single breast cancer patient in the Cone Health Cancer Center, please contact me to schedule a meeting. I would love the opportunity to share our story with you.


Board of Directors

The Alight Board of Directors is essential to Alight in many respects: for input on the program of work and the knowledge of needs and gaps in patient care; for continued collaborations and relationships with the medical community; for access to patients; for survivor input and; for advocacy.

2016 Board Members

Cindy Farrand
Greensboro Women’s Hospital

Dr. Vinay Gudena
Medical Oncology, Cone Health System

Skip Hislop
Cone Health System

Ken Kunberger
Community Advocate

Sally Kuratnick
Community Advocate

Donna Lee
Community Advocate

Melinda Madtes, RN, Past Chairman
Community Advocate

Wanda Martin, RN, MPH, FCN
Moses Cone Congregational Nurse Program

Allison Morrisette, Vice-Chairman
Community Advocate

Karen Odom, Fundraising Chair
Community Advocate

Erin Rosen
Community Advocate

 

Marti Smith, PT, CLT, Secretary
Cone Health Outpatient Rehab Team Supervisor

Marsha Tice, Treasurer
Community Advocate

 

Emeritus Members

Mary Gorrell Jones
Founder

David G. Johnston, CPA
Community Advocate

Ashley Wall
Community Advocate

Advisory Board

Margaret Bertrand, MD
Solis Bertrand Breast Center

Elizabeth Brown, MD
The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging

Gus Magrinat, MD
Oncologist, Cone Health Cancer Center

Matt Wakefield, MD
Surgeon, Central Carolina Surgery

Stacy Wentworth, MD
Radiation Oncologist, Cone Health Cancer Center

 

History

The concept of a local breast cancer support organization grew out of a vision shared between Mary and her radiologist Dr. Gilda Cardenosa. Mary was touched by the exceptional compassion and care Dr. Cardenosa offered her patients and her great concern for those facing financial challenges. With the help of like-minded friends, buy-in, collaborations, and partnerships, Alight was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2005 and launched its first program of work.

Significant to the successful start-up of Alight were the relationships developed with the medical professionals, Moses Cone Health System, UNCG's School of Health and Human Performance, and The Junior League of Greensboro. In addition to Mary, the first Alight Board of Directors included members: David Johnston, CPA; Dave Perrin, PhD, UNCG; Ashley Wall, community advocate; and Cristin Flynt, PhD, who served as Executive Director.

 

 
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