Since 1996, an Annual Benefit Luncheon has supported the education and advocacy efforts of the Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Health Resource Center. The MRW Executive Committee is the dedicated group of individuals who organize this incredible fundraiser.
The MRW Health Resource Center honors the vibrant life and legacy of Myra Rubenstein Weis, a beloved member of the Highland Park community who valiantly fought breast cancer for 10 years until the disease claimed her life in 1990. Established by Myra’s family and friends, the Resource Center supports free health education and cancer survivorship programs in the NorthShore community.
The MRW Health Resource Center’s Annual Benefit Luncheon supports the Myra Rubenstein Weis Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program—an innovative personalized medicine project educating the next generation on how genomics is transforming healthcare.
Funds raised by MRW also support Arts 4 Health, an after-school art therapy program for children ages 12 to 18 on the North Shore with special mental health needs or other challenges adapting to a traditional learning environment. The series will utilize the modalities of art, music, dance, movement, drama and improvisation to spark and facilitate improvement of social, emotional, physical and cognitive functioning as they relate to health and wellbeing.
The 26th Annual Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center Luncheon was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park.
This year’s honoree was David J. Winchester, MD, who is the former chair of the Cancer Committee and associate medical director for Surgical Services at the NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center and held the NorthShore Board of Directors/David P. Winchester Endowed Chair of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Winchester earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He received his MD from Northwestern University, where he also completed his residency before continuing his training with a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Winchester worked at NorthShore for more than 25 years, building a robust practice specializing in general surgery, endocrine surgery and surgical oncology.
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Myra Rubenstein Weis’ legacy lives on in so many ways within our community. If you would like to be more involved: