Tampa, FL – Hundred of runners, cancer survivors, families and friends are putting their feet in motion at SunTrust Miles for Moffitt, a five-mile and one-mile walk/run starting at 8 a.m. Sat., April 8, at USF’s Tampa Campus near Moffitt’s main hospital entrance.
Among the participants in this first time event is 22-year-old Michelle Windisman, a competitive athlete whose stage four lung cancer diagnosis has inspired her family and friends to call their group “Miles for Michelle.” Joining in are H. Lee Moffitt, founder of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, and Moffitt‘s Chairman of the Board, Senator Connie Mack, and his wife Priscilla, all cancer survivors.
The event, which benefits Moffitt, is being held by Moffitt in partnership with SunTrust and USF, commemorating Moffitt's 20th year as a leader in Florida cancer care and USF's 50th anniversary year as one of the nation’s top metropolitan research universities. The race also symbolizes the strong affiliation between Moffitt and the USF College of Medicine.
The event schedule:
6 a.m. -7:30 a.m. - Race day registration
8 a.m. - 5-Mile Run
8:05 a.m. 5-Mile Fitness Walk
8:10 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Health Expo
9:45 a.m. - Kids Races (Ages toddlers through 10)
10 a.m. – Awards and Celebration of Life
The race was organized by chairwoman Karen Dalton, wife of Moffitt CEO and Center Director, William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D. Also attending the event is Dr. Judy Genshaft, USF President and Matt Silverman, president of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who is serving as the Grand Marshal.
JP Peterson, sports anchor for News Channel 8, is emcee. In addition to SunTrust and USF, other sponsors include The Tampa Tribune, WMTX 100.7, News Channel 8, Embassy Suites, and Zinober & McCrea, P.A., Sen. Connie Mack and his wife Priscilla, Monroe and Suzette Berkman, and Don and Erika Wallace Family Foundation.