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Cecilia Hammond has lived in Georgia since 1994. Diagnosed with stage IIIB breast cancer in 1996, she was the beneficiary of the excellent cancer care available in the state. Her 18 years as a cancer survivor have given her a unique perspective on the needs of survivors as they face the journey from diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care.
Mrs. Hammond received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2013, working with Georgia CORE – the Center for Oncology Research and Education and the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, she completed her master’s degree in Nursing from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
Mrs. Hammond has works as an oncology Medical Science Liaison with a major pharmaceutical company. In her role as a MSL, Mrs. Hammond works with cancer thought leaders to support cancer research and with patient advocacy organizations to provide education and support. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Oncology Nursing Society, and Sigma Theta Tau (National Nurse Honor Society).
Mrs. Hammond lives in Alpharetta with her husband Steve. She enjoys boating, reading, music, and exercising. She combines her joy of exercise with fundraising efforts by participating in activities such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, and the 26.2 with Donna Breast Cancer Marathon.
Just in time for Cancer Research Month, Georgia CORE has awarded a Collaborative Cancer Research Seed Grant for $100,000 from the Georgia Cancer Research Fund.
Lynn Durham shares her cancer journey on the podcast, Kickin' it Forward.
Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation
Georgia CORE is a statewide nonprofit that leverages partnerships and innovation to attract more clinical trials, increase research, and promote education and early detection to improve cancer care for Georgians in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state.