When we became the sponsor of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 20 years ago, I knew it was a cause our field force would rally behind. And you’ve proven me right. To date, our field force, foundation and employee donors have collectively raised more than $100 million to fund the research, specialized teams and services the center provides. I want to thank you for your support and make you aware of a leadership change that will ensure the Aflac Cancer Center continues thriving today and for many years to come.
Dr. William G. Woods, a phenomenal physician who has served as center director for 15 years, is retiring from leadership to focus his talents on what he loves most — working as a hands-on scientist, clinician and professor and leading the Aflac Cancer Center Fellowship program. During his time as director, the Aflac Cancer Center has become one of the largest and most respected pediatric hematology and oncology programs in the country and was most recently recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top-10 pediatric cancer program. Dr. Woods will work side by side with his successor, Dr. Doug Graham, to help him transition into the director role.
Dr. Graham previously served as professor of pediatrics and immunology at the University of Colorado, with clinical practice at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He led the hospital’s Biology and Treatment of Childhood Cancer Research Emphasis Area by overseeing all basic science, translational and clinical oncology research. He also served as the co-program leader of the Hematologic Malignancy Program at the University of Colorado, a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment in the fight against childhood cancer.
Dan Amos Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office, Aflac