Cabral Franklin walked into an emergency room in 2014 with a complaint of back pain. "We walked out a day later with a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer. He was 40 years old and never smoked a day in his life," said his wife, Candice Franklin. Cabral Franklin, a highly regarded political strategist, passed away two years ago. He was the son of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
"Mr. Franklin knew the severity of his illness, and the heavy odds against him, but never lost his spirit to fight, kindness to others, to wear his priceless smile and take a keen interest in the people taking care of him," said Winship Cancer Institute Deputy Director Suresh Ramalingam, who was among Franklin's physicians. "He was also very dedicated and passionate about his work, fighting for his principles and ideas for the world, even during the last few days of his life. A remarkable person."
Franklin's loss reverberated throughout Atlanta. His legacy lives on in innumerable ways, including at Winship. Established through community memorial gifts with the encouragement of his family, the Cabral H. Franklin Endowed Lung Cancer Research Fund at Winship is dedicated to advancing treatments and making a difference for those faced with a lung cancer diagnosis.