The Shula Fund solely supports Florida’s Top Cancer Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, raising funds for breast cancer care and research to improve the cancer patient outcomes throughout Florida and beyond.
About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and the fifth leading cause of death overall. At Moffitt, we treat more than 1,000 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients each year. The Shula Fund at Moffitt will be able to help continue to provide the latest personalized breast cancer treatments available.
How We Select Our Projects
A committee comprised of Shula designees, Moffitt leadership and a Moffitt breast cancer physician-scientists will select the most promising breast cancer research projects to fund. Moffitt researchers are unraveling the disease at the molecular level, recognizing that genetic changes can lead to personalized breast cancer treatment. Recent scientific advances in breast cancer research at Moffitt include outlining the best use of genetic counseling and testing, assessing a gene mutation’s impact on cancer risk and lifestyle, and identifying environmental risk factors contributing to the disease. The Shula Fund will continue to support similar innovative breast cancer research projects that are being translated into novel treatments to improve patient outcomes.
Funding Spotlight: Dr. Hatem Soliman
In 2013, I received a grant ($35,000) from the Shulas to evaluate the use of a breast cancer vaccine to stimulate the immune system in the fight against breast tumors. This study builds on prior research that demonstrated that we were able to induce immune activation using a vaccine we developed in a mouse model. The current project is allowing us to generate necessary data regarding the beneficial effect of using two drugs at low doses to further activate the immune response, with a goal of producing more potent tumor regressions while at the same time remaining nontoxic.
The Shula Fund History
The Don Shula Foundation was established in Miami more than 20 years ago as a tribute to Shula’s late wife, Dorothy, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1991. Through the foundation, the Shulas have supported breast cancer research at Moffitt for nearly a decade. On July 15, 2014, Don Shula - the winningest coach of all time - and his wife, Mary Anne, announced that they were donating the Shula Foundation funds of $1.5 million to Moffitt and establishing The Don Shula Breast Cancer Research Fund (The Shula Fund). This new fund will support cutting-edge research projects that will serve as a resource to accelerate our mission to contribute to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer.