Sue Winarsky

Cancer Experience

To my shock, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, 2004. I was the first in my family to have it.

Professional Background and Education

My career began in Philadelphia as a probation officer specializing in the supervision of clients with addiction and mental health issues. Over the next 30 years until my retirement, I held positions within the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Washington, D.C. as Deputy Director of Education and Sentencing Practice and as Director of Administration and Planning. My BA is from Rider University.

Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships

I chaired Kesher Nashim (supports cancer survivors, related charities, and community outreach) at Congregation Beth El for 8 years and remain an active member. I am an advocate for Doctors Speak Out and Partners in Research, Georgetown Medical Center, Washington D.C. I co-chaired blood drives with Inova Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA.

Why I Became an Advocate

I am grateful for the kindness, support and generosity of my community and for its help in my recovery. My gratitude and the recognition that others may also need the kind of help I received drives me to help those who are facing the tremendous challenges imposed by a breast cancer diagnosis.

Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interests

  • Member of GBCA since 2011
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition Summits-May 2012, May 2013, May 2015, May 2016
  • AACR Conference-Philadelphia 2015-Mini-Medical School

My advocacy interests include sensitizing  the medical and research community to patient needs; community outreach initiatives to educate and support breast cancer patients, and encouraging patient participation in clinical trials.


American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)

American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)