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Morgan & Harjee Scholarships
Susan's Journey
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Robert E. Wilson



Robin H. Dretler, M.D.

Medical Vice Chair


John Shelton Jr., FACHE

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John Katsianis, CPA 



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Timothy H. Bendin

H. Duane Blair, M.D.

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Issue: #12March/2013



Spring is in the air! Everywhere you look, more and more things are springing up in the Foundation and around DeKalb Medical. Our $2 million campaign has launched, several scholarships are open for application, new classes are being offered in the Wellness Center and we have welcomed many new faces in the halls of the hospital. See the articles below, and to the left, for an update on the latest.    

Two Scholarships Open for Application
Application deadlines quickly approaching

The Dr. Gulshan Harjee Scholarship Program gives scholarships to young men and women finishing high school who want the chance to pursue a career in an allied healthcare field.

This scholarship can be awarded contingent on a student's acceptance into the program of choice. It can be used for students interested in becoming patient care techs, licensed practical nurse certification, registered nurses, healthcare social workers, pharmacy techs, medical school, or any other designation that offers an education enabling the student to work in the field of healthcare. 

The Audrey and Jack Morgan Foundation Scholarship enable individuals employed at DeKalb Medical to pursue additional educational opportunities, which will make it possible for them to enhance their skills and contributions to our community. These scholarships are awarded  to individuals who have a passion to make a greater contribution in the lives of people who are in need of compassionate care. The amount of each scholarship will vary depending on the type of education the applicant is seeking.
Advancing Hope and Healing...One Story at a Time
Susan's Journey:
20 Years Breast Cancer-Free & Counting

My journey with DeKalb Medical began with a routine mammogram and a biopsy that turned into a diagnosis of breast cancer. I could not believe this was really happening to me. A diagnosis of "the big C" must surely be a death sentence. Anger overwhelmed me! I would have to undergo a modified radical mastectomy, and the weekly chemo treatments would be a major disruption to my family and work. I tried to go on living and working as if nothing had happened, but the treatments were a constant reminder. I was relieved when they were finally over, and I could get back to my normal life. However, a routine follow-up visit a few months later was not what I was expecting.

Breast cancer survivor, Susan Watson


My doctor told me that the cancer was now in my other breast, and I would need more surgery and a new therapy regimen that would last 18 months. That's when my husband, Jim, and I joined DeKalb Medical's cancer support group. The weekly support group helped me to stay positive, focused and clear on what to expect during every phase of my recovery.


Today, after numerous scans and periodic visits to my oncologist, I have been pronounced "breast cancer-free." As I look back, I believe my diagnosis was a positive thing because it helped me put important life changes into place that support my physical and emotional health. Life is beautiful now! Cancer no longer controls my life and I can cope with and have hope for whatever tomorrow brings. I know I couldn't have made it through this incredible journey without my faith in God, my family, and DeKalb Medical. I cherish every day...for every day I can say I'm a survivor. 

With Your Support...
We can write a better ending to the cancer story

We come together as a surgeon, philanthropists, a cancer survivor and Foundation Board members to ensure that cancer patients not only find the right resources at DeKalb Medical, but experience the connections and outreach to feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

To support Advancing Hope and Healing...One Story at a Time, you may make a gift online or mail a check to:

DeKalb Medical Foundation 
2701 North Decatur Road 
Decatur, GA 30033

You may also call us at 404.501.5956. 

Thank you to all our donors and volunteers that support our mission of strengthening the link between DeKalb Medical and the community we serve through communication, education, service and philanthropy. We are dedicated to improving the standard of health in our community by raising friends and funds for healthcare initiatives offered through DeKalb Medical.