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WHI mourns the loss of Outcomes Coordinator Susannah Belding

General Interest

October 29, 2020

Susannah Belding
Susannah Belding

The faculty and staff of the Women’s Health Initiative are deeply saddened to share news of the loss of Susannah Belding, Outcomes Coordinator at the WHI Western Regional Center at Stanford University. Susannah passed away from ovarian cancer on October 16th, 2020.   She fought her disease with her usual grace and dignity up till the end.  Susannah first learned of another recurrence of her ovarian cancer, which she had dealt with in a milder form over eight years ago, on the day before her 50th birthday last July.  Within two weeks, she had learned that it had advanced to a serious life-threatening stage. 

Susannah started working on the Women’s Health Initiative in 2011. She spoke with many, many participants and their proxies from all our clinics (Stanford University, University of California – Davis, University of Nevada – Reno, University of Hawaii, University of California – Los Angeles, Torrance, University of California – Irvine, University of Arizona, and Portland) over the past nine years which she enjoyed immensely. 

Susannah was a very kind, caring person who was loved by all of us and we will all sorely miss her. This brings to focus why we do research and how valuable it is to study and learn from our participants who have challenged cancer.