Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition names first executive director

The Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition (FWAYAOC) has officially named Cortney Gumbleton as its first Executive Director.

The FWAYAOC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization made up of healthcare organizations, oncology providers, foundations and community members.

Karen Albritton, MD, serves as president of the FWAYAOC and says that the coalition was founded on the principle that if multiple community partners come together and sharing their strengths and resources that the outcomes for AYA’s with cancer will improve.

According to the coalition, its mission is to enable the healthcare community to provide the highest standard of care, meets the unique needs of the AYA’s with cancer and create community awareness for the reality of AYAs with cancer.

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“As our programs grow, we are fortunate to have Cortney [Gumbleton]’s energy and skills lead us strategically in maximizing and enhancing the reach to benefit this underserved population,” Albritton said in a news release

Gumbleton has completed two tours in the U.S. Navy and holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gumbleton most recently served as the executive director of the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation.

“I am incredibly honored to serve as the first executive director of the FWAYAOC, and to continue to build on the important and impactful work FWAYAOC has already accomplished by systematically creating increased community and healthcare professional awareness, increasing program services and utilization and providing therapeutic support for AYA patients and survivors,” Gumbleton said.

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“Our primary goal at FWAYAOC is to ensure every AYA cancer patient in our community will receive comprehensive and age-appropriate care of the highest standard,” Gumbleton said. “In the process of developing the absolute best AYA program in the country, we will create a replicable model to assist other communities in serving this special population in need.”

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