June 3, 2014

Winship 5K calls on runners, walkers to participate

Registration is open for the 4th annual Winship Win the Fight 5K to be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The event, to benefit cancer research at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier and one of Atlanta's most popular running events.

The Winship 5K starts and ends on the Emory University campus, at the McDonough Field complex on Asbury Circle and winds through the beautiful historic neighborhood of Druid Hills. Registration is $30 for non-chipped timed runners and walkers and $35 for a timing chip.

"There is no better way to spend a beautiful fall morning than on campus in support of cancer research," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship. "We invite runners and walkers to become 'Winship Warriors' and help us beat cancer. Our 'Sleep-In Warriors' who can’t join us on race day can also donate to the cause and be recognized."

Long-time Winship supporter Mark Kauffman will fire the starting gun and serve as Grand Marshal. Kauffman is President of Kauffman Tire. His father, John Kauffman, was a member of the Winship Advisory Board and died of cancer last year. "It was so important for my father to be close to home while he was receiving treatment; Winship doctors and nurses provided outstanding care," says Kauffman. "It pleases me to know that the money raised for cancer research through the Winship 5K will stay here in Georgia."

The Winship Win the Fight 5K is unique because it allows participants to direct their tax-deductible donations to benefit specific cancer research based on their 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, and Winship Sarcoma Fund.

For more information on the Winship Win the Fight 5K, log on to: http://winship5K.emory.edu or call (404) 727-6175.

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