Jeff Wagner has a natural tie-in with Moffitt. H. Lee Moffitt was one of the first names he had to learn after moving from Tennessee and pledging Alpha Tau Omega at the University of South Florida. Lee Moffitt was one of the founders of the fraternity chapter, and Jeff had the opportunity to get to know him.
As a business professional working with companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Kforce Professional Staffing and Monster Worldwide, Jeff has been busy in the Tampa business community for 15-plus years. Jeff is involved with many organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Franciscan Center, Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and many more. Jeff has many athletic accomplishments in his fitness activities, including tennis, marathon running, triathlon, beach volleyball and completing an Ironman Distance Triathlon. He is married to Kim, who works for the University of South Florida, and they have a therapy dog named Dixie.
In April 2003, Jeff was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and immediately began treatment at Moffitt under the supervision of Eduardo Sotomayor, M.D. After nearly three years of treatment, 52 units of blood, plasma or platelets, and many challenges, Jeff went into remission and off chemotherapy as of February 2006. He trained and completed the Walt Disney World Olympic Distance Triathlon on September 24, 2006, with his wife Kim and dozens of local Team In Training athletes, including Ernesto Ayala, M.D., a bone marrow transplant doctor at Moffitt. Jeff also completed the Gasparilla Half Marathon in exactly two hours in February 2007.
In May 2007, Jeff came out of remission and was diagnosed with a different type of leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and will be in need of a bone marrow transplant at Moffitt Cancer Center. He hopes to have a donor step forward so he can get into remission quickly. The medical staff anticipates a bone marrow transplant in the months to come.
To learn about the bone marrow transplant process or to become a potential donor for Jeff, please go to www.marrow.org.
Jeff has a blood type of O+ and anticipates he will need dozens of units of blood, platelets and plasma in 2007.
Jeff has lived the Moffitt experience and has grown accustomed to hospital stays, chemotherapy visits, bone marrow biopsies, lumbar punctures, CT scans, MRIs, radiation and much more. The Moffitt experience has been a true blessing for him, his family and friends, and they look forward to a successful transplant in the months to come! Thank you for your support and prayers.