This fall, we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of Winship Cancer Institute. In 1937, Robert Woodruff, the president of Coca-Cola, lost his mother to cancer. He was determined that no one would have to leave the state of Georgia to receive the best cancer treatment. In her honor, he gave a generous gift to Emory University that helped create the Robert Winship Memorial Clinic, named for Woodruff's maternal grandfather.
Today, we are fulfilling Mr. Woodruff's mission by translating research discoveries into better cancer care and making the most advanced cancer care available right here in Georgia. Looking back over the past eight decades, we see evidence of our hard work in the number of patients we care for from throughout Georgia and beyond, in the complexity of cancers we tackle, in the scientific contributions we make on a truly global scale, and in our ongoing commitment to lessen the burden of cancer in the state of Georgia.