News Release: School of Medicine

Oct. 10,  2008

Second Annual Le Petit Elegance Benefits Emory Department of Surgery

The American Le Mans Series hosted the 2nd annual Le Petit Elegance breast cancer charity event at Road Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 28, with proceeds again benefiting the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Surgery and breast cancer research.

The event, held at Road Atlanta's Chalet Hospitality Village in Braselton, celebrated breast cancer survivors, a race warm-up, live and silent auctions involving items from the motor sports industry and elsewhere, rides around the track (via auction), and the opportunity to mingle with world-renowned drivers.

The American Le Mans Series is the premium brand of motorsport in North America featuring high-tech, relevant sports cars from some of the most prestigious automobile manufacturers in the world. Many of the teams that will be racing in the Petit Le Mans, the cornerstone event of the American Le Mans Series held Oct. 1-4, will use Le Petit Elegance as final practice and preparation.

The 2007 edition of Le Petit Elegance raised $44,000 to support breast cancer research by surgical oncologists in Emory's Department of Surgery. Current breast cancer research at Emory includes studies of prevention methods, experimental treatments, molecular therapy, immunology and genetics.

"Last year's Le Petit Elegance represented an exciting and new type of fundraising event for breast cancer research, says William C. Wood, MD, chair of Emory's Department of Surgery. "When we talked with the American Le Mans drivers, team owners and fans, we realized that everyone - regardless of age, gender or interest - is affected by breast cancer. Not only does this annual event allow Emory to connect with a new audience, but thanks to the generosity of Don and Nancy Panoz, and the American Le Mans Series family, every dollar raised from Le Petit Elegance 2008 will be used for breast cancer research at Emory."


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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