$25,000 Gift to Continue Support of Leukemia Research

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Nancy (second from left) and Claude Horne (right) and Katie Strawinski (center) presented a $25,000 check for leukemia research to Winship physicians Drs. Tom Heffner and Amelia Langston.

Nancy and Claude Horne lost one son to leukemia and the other, says his mother, to a broken heart. The couple established a fund to fight leukemia, which their son Jeffrey died of at age 20 in 2008. The Hornes' other son, Brian, died five months later from sudden cardiac arrest. He was only 19. The fund, Jeffrey's Voice, established at Winship in 2010, recently received another boost with the donation of $25,000 to build upon the original endowment.

"Our sons were vocal in expressing the need for research for a cure," said their mother, who is president and founder of Jeffrey's Voice, a not for profit that supports cancer research. "They participated in many charitable activities on behalf of this cause. The donations from Jeffrey's Voice to fund Winship's research will help ensure that their message of inspiration and hope for a cure continues to be heard."

Many people who never knew the Hornes' sons have stepped up to help. For the past two years, Katie Strawinski, who is now a student at Mount Pisgah Christian School, the same high school as the Horne brothers, has organized a 5K and kids' race followed by a pancake breakfast to raise funds for Jeffrey's Voice.

As Horne described the fund's mission, she said, "The best way to help those struggling with leukemia and blood cancers is to find a cure. We remain focused on the single goal of reaching the day when no more are lost to these diseases, all remissions are permanent, and there is a cure for all."

If you would like to support Winship's Leukemia Program Fund, contact Ashley Howze at 404-778-1250 or ahowze@emory.edu.

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