Jason Winkle is a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and a parent mentor to newly diagnosed families. He has served as a parent adviser since 2017.
On the PFAC, Winkle serves in a lead role on the Facilities Subcommittee, working with the institutional Design and Construction team to offer ideas to enhance the hospital’s strategic plan. As a mentor, Winkle provides support, encouragement and insight to families as they navigate through treatment.
Winkle first came to St. Jude in 2015 when his son was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma. Living in China at the time, the Winkle family had to regroup by moving to Memphis.
Winkle chose to become part of Patient Family-Centered Care initiatives at St. Jude because he recognized an opportunity to help other parents and give back to St. Jude. He felt like he had a unique perspective, as part of a family touched by childhood cancer.
“I want to be a voice and a source of help for other parents. I know what it’s like to be afraid and overwhelmed by all of this. I just want to help others,” Winkle said.
When asked if he recommends becoming an adviser to other St. Jude parents, Winkle said, “I would definitely recommend it. Anytime you give to St. Jude, you receive just as much.
Healing took place that I did not even know I needed. Serving on the FAC alongside other parent advisers made me realize the toll that cancer took on my family, but I now feel more whole than I did before this journey,” Winkle said, describing his experience as a parent adviser at St. Jude.
Outside of his service to St. Jude, Winkle enjoys exercising, eating Chinese food and talking to Chinese-speakers in the U.S.