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The one hundred honoree: William H. Lynch

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The one hundred honoree: William H. Lynch

Mass General Giving

William Lynch, “Bill” to his multitude of friends, invites his network to an annual breakfast to raise awareness and funds for supportive care research at the Mass General Cancer Center.

A lung cancer survivor, Bill has taken on an aspect of cancer care that often remains under the radar. Bill, whose family has coped with several cancer diagnoses, profoundly recognizes the importance of addressing the psychological and emotional impact of cancer on the patient and the family.

Jennifer Temel, MD, clinical director of the Center for Thoracic Oncology, heads up the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at the Mass General Cancer Center, along with the program’s associate director, Joseph Greer, PhD. Dr. Temel and Dr. Greer’s research has shown the unmistakable connection between early palliative care, higher quality of life and better patient outcomes.

Having received treatment from Drs. Temel and Greer, Bill is a willing and compelling advocate for their work. “By sharing his personal journey at the first annual MGH Palliative and Supportive Care Research Conference, Bill helped inspire the next generation of clinical researchers,” says Dr. Greer. “With genuineness, compassion and limitless generosity, he reminds us that we must continuously strive to support the whole patient, mind and spirit.”

Bill has selflessly invested significant time and effort to help improve the experience of other patients and families.

“While navigating his own illness and the illnesses of his family, he has worked tirelessly to enhance the care of others through his philanthropy,” says Dr. Temel. “All of the staff has learned from his strength and resilience.”