Campus News

August 29, 2011

Report From: Woodruff Health Sciences Center

By S. Wright Caughman, Emory's executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Chairman of Emory Healthcare

"You have cancer." They're words no one ever wants to hear or wants their loved ones to hear. Yet more than 4,300 people in the United States will hear those words today. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and more than 570,000 will die from the disease. But there's reason to hope. Nearly 12 million cancer survivors are living proof that we are making headway in the fight against cancer, and Emory's Winship Cancer Institute is leading the charge.

This Oct. 15 during Emory's Family Weekend, Winship will launch its inaugural Winship Win the Fight 5K – an event that will bring together the Emory campus and our neighbors in the Atlanta community to support Winship's lifesaving work. Participants in the race, which is a family-friendly event and a Peachtree Road Race qualifier, will help raise awareness and money for advances in cancer research, treatment and care at Winship.

Since its founding in 1937 through a generous gift from Robert Winship Woodruff, the Winship Cancer Institute has been a worldwide leader in the fight against cancer, providing patients with the benefits of rigorous research, cutting-edge clinical trials, the latest cancer therapies, and the highest standards in cancer prevention, treatment and care.

As the only cancer center in Georgia designated by the National Cancer Institute, Winship has access to greater research and clinical trial opportunities than any other cancer treatment facility in the state, allowing us to not only provide the most cutting-edge, compassionate care available in the Southeast, but also to pioneer discoveries that are bringing help and hope to cancer patients and their families across the country and around the world.

The inaugural Winship Win the Fight 5K offers the Atlanta community an opportunity to advance progress toward Winship's vision of a future in which cancer no longer threatens the people we love. Our neighbors here in Druid Hills and throughout metro Atlanta have always shared this vision and offered extraordinary friendship and support, and we look forward to again joining forces to advance progress against a disease that takes far too much from far too many.

For more information or to register for the Winship Win the Fight 5K, please visit

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