Oct. 5, 2015

Winship 5K breaks donation record as cancer patients stage race indoors

Photo of Winship 5K breaks donation record as cancer patients stage race indoors
Bad weather on Saturday forced the cancellation of the 5th annual Winship Win the Fight 5K, but Winship Cancer Institute (Winship) patients being treated at Emory University Hospital carried on with the spirit and enthusiasm of the race indoors. Wearing hospital gowns and pushing IV poles, more than two-dozen patients and their caregivers participated in a .5K race on the 6th, 7th, and 8th floors of the hospital.

WSB TV reporter Mark Winne served as emcee, and along with doctors, nurses and corporate sponsors from Cox Enterprises and Peach State Freightliner, they cheered on patients as they completed 13 laps around each unit.

"Our patients show such courage every day and it was wonderful to see the smiles on their faces as they made something special out of their own Winship 0.5K," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Winship's executive director. "We were very disappointed about cancelling the outdoor Winship 5K event, but the safety and well-being of participants is our number one concern."

Despite the change in plans, supporters raised a record amount of money for the Winship 5K with the total surpassing $750,000. Donations can be made up until November 14, 2015 at winship5K.emory.edu. The money will fund new cancer research projects at Winship, Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

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