Welcome to the Summer 2012 edition of Winship Magazine. It’s a special edition for us, as it marks the 75th anniversary of Robert Winship Woodruff’s extraordinary gift to Emory in 1937 to start a cancer clinic—only Mr. Woodruff didn’t want it to be called a "cancer clinic." "People won’t come if you say the word ‘cancer’, he said when discussions were held about the name. He knew he wanted to name the clinic after his maternal grandfather, Mr. Robert Winship. From Winship, Woodruff inherited not only two-thirds of his name but also his love of the outdoors, his love of family, a deep-rooted love of Atlanta, and a desire to see it become one of the nation’s premier cities. When Mr. Woodruff’s mother, Emily Winship Woodruff, lay dying of cancer, he could not believe that nothing could be done for her. While he couldn’t save his mother, he decided to turn his grief into good for countless others who would be diagnosed with cancer. He made his first gift ever to Emory by giving $50,000 to start a clinic to treat cancer. A chief desire was that no one would have to leave the state of Georgia to receive the best cancer care possible. It’s a directive that the Robert Winship Clinic took seriously from the start, and it’s one that we at today’s Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University take seriously every day. We remain committed to Mr. Woodruff’s vision that no one should have to leave the state for cancer treatment. We’ve expanded the dream to encompass the vision that one day, no one will have to be treated for cancer anywhere because our understanding of cancer will have led to its prevention.
In this issue, you will read about progress we are making toward that vision in head and neck cancer, lung cancer, and other malignancies. And you will read about the second Winship Win the Fight 5K, scheduled for Oct. 13! We hope you start training now, and we look forward to seeing you there. Most of all, we thank you for your continued, generous support of Winship and the work that we do.
Thank you for joining us in this fight!
Walter J. Curran Jr., MD
Executive Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Winship Win the Fight 5K
Mark Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, on your calendars! We will be looking for you to join us that day at the Second Winship Win the Fight 5k Run/Walk! For more information visit winshipcancer.emory.edu/5k.