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Foundation Efforts Support Lifesaving Work

Cancer touches all of us, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or economic status. But this disease also unites us and brings people from all walks of life together as we work toward finding a cure. The Moffitt Foundation invested more than $15.6 million in fiscal year 2012 to further our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Donors helped fund a wide variety of activities from educational fellowships and survivorship programs to cutting-edge technology. Best of all, these gifts propelled the science and discovery that gives renewed hope to patients and families affected by cancer.

Here we highlight three of our many valued Moffitt supporters who have made a difference in the lives of the thousands of patients who come to the Cancer Center each year.

Eileen Curd, Moffitt Foundation Board member, is an extraordinary advocate for the Cancer Center. Residing in Sarasota County, Eileen has a powerful voice and actively helps spread the word about Moffitt to members of her community. Eileen’s devotion to the prevention and cure of cancer shows in the many ways she gives back. She makes a difference by sitting with friends and neighbors during cancer treatment, hosting events such as the New York Awareness Reception or a Moffitt Merit Society® luncheon, chairing the annual Sarasota Women’s Cancer Awareness Luncheon, and personally investing in cancer research at Moffitt.

Gene Evans, stage four kidney cancer survivor, is an exceptional community ambassador for Moffitt. After being diagnosed in May 2009, Gene created “Paddle Against Cancer,” a stand-up paddle boarding event that raised $21,245 in 2012. Gene plans to continue growing this event to raise funds for Moffitt research initiatives and promote the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle to cancer patients and survivors.

Click here to view a video of Gene Evans as he describes his experiences.

Since its inception in 1993, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to facilities nationwide for cancer research. Nick Valvano, former CEO of the organization, has been a champion for Moffitt since 2003, awarding the Cancer Center over $3.5 million in grants. Nick and his wife Karen will serve as honorary chairs for the 20th Magnolia Ball gala on April 20, 2013, which will raise money to help Moffitt provide the most advanced treatment options and support services to patients and their families and fund the Magnolia Lodging Program.

Visit our Giving Web page to learn more about the Moffitt Foundation’s fundraising efforts and events, and find how you can help make a difference by donating to cancer research, volunteering your time to help patients and families, or by being an advocate to speak on behalf of Moffitt Cancer Center. Now is the time to get involved. The time to make a difference. Let’s work together to take key steps toward a future when the word “cancer” is eliminated.

Photos, from top: Eileen Curd, Gene Evans, Nick and Karen Valvano.

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