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Meet the Research Advocates

Research advocates at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center support our research efforts in many ways and for many reasons. Our advocates are cancer survivors, caregivers, and community members who are committed to making a difference. 

Linda Horton

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After her cancer diagnosis in 1995, Linda Horton became interested in the future of cancer research. She not only committed to supporting cancer advocacy, but also changed her career focus to research in melanoma and breast cancer. She recently retired from Vanderbilt University where she managed a research lab in Cancer Biology as a Senior Research Specialist. She still attends research seminars, monthly advocate meetings, provides advocate input and feedback on grant proposals and has completed the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology Focus on Research Scholar Program. Linda is a previous volunteer/advocate with National Breast Cancer Coalition (Artemis Project) and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition. She has served as a Consumer Advocate reviewer for the Department of Defense since 2001. Linda has served as a patient advocate on the VICC Scientific Review Committee and is currently the consumer advocate on several active grants. She has served as a co-chair for Susan G. Komen Nashville’s Race for the Cure and is an active volunteer for Gilda’s Club Nashville.