About Us


Winks from GOD! - Founded by a Brain Tumor Survivor

After diagnosis with a brain tumor, meningioma on right frontal lobe, in late 2015, Samaria truly realized the importance of her faith, family, and friends. She was surrounded by people who provided support – spiritual, emotional, medical advice, and physical labor if needed. As a military retiree, her affordable medical copay did not leave her torn between paying the incidentals of care and household expenses.  


Winks from GOD! - Fulfilling a Need

Through interactions with other patients at treatment facilities and social networks, she knew not all patients are in the same fortunate position. She saw the need for an organization to support others devastated by an unexpected brain tumor diagnosis. Never alone in her brain tumor journey from diagnoses through recovery, she decided she wanted to pay it forward. 


Winks from GOD! - An Evolving Organization

 Initial Programs:

  • Encouraging Nods -supports brain tumor patients ad caregivers through compassion, sharing, and understanding 
    • Hosted monthly in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area
    • Plans to host quarterly online in near future
  • Eye Opener - provides awareness and access to relevant information for patients and caregivers to better understand and endure the journey

Future Programs:

  • Empathy in Action -  provides income-based financial support  or resource connections to patients and caregivers for incidentals – meals, lodging, transportation 
  • Envisioned Healing -  contributes funds to other 501 (c)(3) organizations, which further our exempt purpose through research to improve patient outcomes and help find a cure.

Board of Directors

Samaria Hunter

Dr. Allan Thornton

Dr. Allan Thornton


Founder and President

 Brain Tumor Survivor

Executive MBA, PMP

Dr. Allan Thornton

Dr. Allan Thornton

Dr. Allan Thornton



Radiation Oncologist

Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute

Dr. Odell McCants

Dr. Allan Thornton

Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD


Vice Chairperson

Staff Physician

Health Center

Hampton University

Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD

Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD

Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD



Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Teaching

Norfolk State University

Jana Allen-Bishop

Cynthia S. Nicholson, PhD

Jana Allen-Bishop



Chief Recruiter, Executive MBA Program

College of William & Mary

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