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Register for the annual Winship 5K to 'win the fight' against cancer

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Aug. 27, 2015

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The 2014 Winship Win the Fight 5K included hundreds of Emory students, faculty, staff and alumni as participants or volunteers. The 2014 race handily beat its $500,000 fundraising goal. This year's goal is $700,000.

Registration is officially open for the 5th annual Winship Win the Fight 5K, the walk/run fundraiser to benefit cancer research, held this year on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Winship Cancer Institute walk/run starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends on the Emory campus at McDonough Field on Asbury Circle, after winding through the historic Druid Hills neighborhood.

Registration, which closes Sept. 30, is $35 for non-chipped timed runners and walkers and $40 for a timing chip.

Grand marshal is John Schuerholz, former president of the Atlanta Braves. Schuerholz was successfully treated for prostate cancer last year at Winship at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Schuerholz says, “As a cancer survivor, it’s important to me that the money raised at this event will stay right here in our community to benefit cancer research at Winship.”

Walter J. Curran Jr., executive director of Winship, says, “In the five years since the event was started, we’ve raised over $1.6 million to fund critical cancer research projects at Winship.” 

Funds raised go directly to cancer research including pilot grants, laboratory equipment and programs that directly benefit cancer research and patient care at Emory. The Winship Win the Fight 5K allows participants to direct their tax-deductible donations to benefit specific cancer research based on personal interests. 

Funds can be directed to one of 18 different areas: 

  • Winship Director's Fund
  • Winship Bone Marrow Transplant Fund
  • Winship Brain Tumor Fund
  • Winship Glenn Family Breast Center Fund
  • Winship Colon & Rectal Cancer Fund
  • Winship Genitourinary (Bladder & Kidney) Oncology Fund
  • Winship Gynecological (Ovarian, Endometrial, & Cervical) Oncology Fund
  • Winship Head & Neck Cancer Fund
  • Winship Leukemia Fund
  • Winship Lung Cancer Fund
  • Winship Lymphoma Fund
  • Winship Melanoma & Skin Cancer Fund
  • Winship Multiple Myeloma Fund
  • Winship Ocular (Eye) Oncology Fund
  • Winship Pancreatic & Liver Oncology Fund
  • Winship Phase I Clinical Trials Fund
  • Winship Prostate Cancer Fund
  • Winship Sarcoma Fund

The Winship 5K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Those who want to participate virtually as a “Sleep-in Warrior” can donate to the cause and be recognized.

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research and care throughout Emory.

For more information, visit the race website or call  404-727-6175.