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The Winship Win the Fight 5K – Why Did We Run?

For loved ones, the future, survival, or for camaraderie—these are just a few of the reasons over 2,900 participants chose to participate in the 2nd annual Winship Win the Fight 5K run this past Saturday, October 13, 2012. With perfect weather and a motivated crowd at McDonough Park in Atlanta, it could not have been a better day for participants to join the fun in support of the fight against cancer. Those in attendance agreed, you could feel the energy in the air of the motivated participants who’s individual answers to the thematic question of the race, “Why do I run?” may have been very different, but together, were all moving forward in support of the health of cancer patients and survivors alike.

The Winship Win the Fight 5K supports advances in cancer research, treatment, and patient care at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Winship is Georgia’s only National Center Institute-Designated Cancer Center.

This year, a running total of $375,000 was raised, but the fight’s not over! If you would like to join the 2,900 supporters who ran for a cause last Saturday, you can still donate today. Let’s make that number grow and play our own role in helping others win the fight against cancer.

You can check out some shots from this year’s Winship 5K race at McDonough Park below, and if you were there with us, tell us in the comments below why you decided to run and what you enjoyed most about the event!

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The Bone Marrow Transplant Olympic Games – Hoola Hoop Any One?

While the 2012 Summer Olympic Games continue in London, staff at Emory University Hospital are partaking in their own Olympic games. Dr. Amelia Langston, Medical Director of the Emory Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center has started an initiative that’s literally bringing the Olympics back to Atlanta, with the Bone Marrow Transplant Olympics. While the event doesn’t include your typical line-up of Olympic sports, Emory Healthcare staff, patients and even family members can participate in fun, lighthearted competition such as: hula hoop contests, bedpan shuffleboard and wheelchair races.

Bone marrow transplant patients and their family members often experience long weeks (and sometimes even months) of treatment. “People come in here and they are very sick and they stay for a long time. If we can lighten things up a little bit, if we can make it a little more fun for them, if we can make it a little more fun for the staff who take care of these people, day after day, sometimes for weeks or months at a time, then it’s a good thing.” Dr. Langston stated.

You can learn more about the Winship Cancer Institute Bone Marrow Transplant Program by watching this video, or by using the related resources links provided below the video.

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Join Us for the 32nd Annual Charles Harris Run for Leukemia

Charles Harris Run for LeukemiaThe annual Charles Harris Run for Leukemia, which benefits leukemia research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, is scheduled for Saturday, February 25. The 10K run kicks off at 7:45 am at Tucker High School; the one-mile run/walk starts at Druid Hills Middle School.

The run honors the late Dr. Charles E. Harris — former teacher, coach and beloved principal of Shamrock High School. Dr. Harris passed away more than three decades ago from leukemia at the age of 49. Dr. Harris was an un-sung All-American football player at the University of Georgia and a Marine who volunteered for the Korean War. Playing on the Camp Pendleton football team, Pete Rozelle, father of the modern day NFL, attempted to draft Dr. Harris to the Los Angeles Rams football team before he graduated from UGA. He played one year with the New York Titans (now Jets) and made it to the last cut with the Cleveland Browns during the Jim Brown and Coach Paul Brown era. An avid runner, Dr. Harris ran in the inaugural Peachtree Road Race. He left behind a wife and three children.

Dr. Harris’ children, led by son Chuck Harris, began the Charles Harris Run for Leukemia 32 years ago this year, and they have dedicated all race proceeds to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. In celebration of this special 32nd anniversary, please consider joining us this year as a walker, runner or race day volunteer.

If you would like register for the race please follow the registration link at www.charlesharrisrun.com.

Volunteers are also needed during the race to hand out t-shirts, pass out water at various water stations, cover intersecting points, help out in the finish shoot and help with bag check. Please go to http://charlesharrisrun.com/contactus.html to register to volunteer. All volunteers should report to Shamrock Middle School between 6:15 and 6:30 am. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, philanthropic points and the opportunity to watch world class runners compete!

Directions to Shamrock Middle School from Emory University:

  1. Head Southeast on OXFORD RD NE toward N. Decatur Rd.
  2. Stay on N. DECATUR RD for 2.1 miles
  3. Turn left on SCOTT BLVD (also called US29, US-78 E, and GA-8) Follow US-29 for 2.1 miles.
  4. Turn left on HARCOURT DR.
  5. HARCOURT dead ends on MT. OLIVE DR. – turn right
  6. SHAMROCK MIDDLE SCHOOL is on the left.

If you have questions about volunteer opportunities, please contact Melissa Harris at (770) 495-8557 or email Melissa_h@bellsouth.net.