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Aug. 2,  2011

Winship Cancer Institute to Hold 5K Run to Support Cancer Research

Runners and walkers, take your mark on October 15 for Atlanta’s newest 5-K.   The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University will hold its inaugural "Winship Win the Fight 5K" on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, to bring the community together in the fight against cancer.

The run/walk will begin and end at Emory University’s McDonough Field complex on Asbury Circle on the west side of the Emory campus. Registration is $25. Participants can organize teams or raise funds in a variety of ways and direct their fundraising efforts toward the Winship cancer research program of their choice. Register early at http://winshipcancer.emory.edu/winthefight5K.

"Every dollar makes a difference," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of the Winship Cancer Institute. "We very much appreciate the trust our patients and their family members put into Winship, and community support makes a tremendous difference in our cutting-edge research against this disease."

The Winship Win the Fight 5K is USTF-certified, making it a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. It is the only metro area 5K to be held in historic Druid Hills, one of Atlanta’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Runners and walkers will be able to enjoy the tree-canopied streets of the neighborhood, which should be dressed in autumn regalia for the event.

"We are looking forward to bringing our community together for cancer and cancer research awareness and to introducing a terrific new route for Atlanta families who enjoy running and walking," Curran says.   

Registration and more information are available online at http://winshipcancer.emory.edu. Late-comers can register the morning of the race at 6:30 a.m. until start time at 7:30. Ample parking is available at no charge in the Peavine Parking Deck on campus.

"This is a fight that matters now more than ever," Curran says of the efforts to find cures for cancer. "Scientific research moves closer toward answers to some of cancer’s most difficult questions, but the toll of this disease remains tragically high. Cancer touches every American in some way. I want people to know what Winship is doing to minimize cancer’s lethal toll, and we can all run to support our life-saving research programs."

For more information, log on to http://winshipcancer.emory.edu/winthefight5K.

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