August 18, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. – FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) announced they are collaborating with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute to present “Passing of the Torch,” an event to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The event, will take place Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cotanchobee Park in Tampa, 601 St. Pete Times Forum Dr., and will showcase local musical talent and information from renowned medical experts. The event is free and open to the public. Valet parking will be available for $8 at the Marriott Waterside. For more information, call (866) 288-RISK or e-mail

“Passing of the Torch” will highlight the transition from Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. FORCE is a national non-profit organization providing resources, information and support to families affected by or at increased risk of cancer due to family history or genetic status.

“So many people are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and yet so few are aware that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,” says Sue Friedman, Executive Director and Founder of FORCE, Moffitt’s Coordinator of Outreach in the Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention Program and a 10-year breast cancer survivor. “By making this transition, we hope to raise the profile of ovarian cancer and make more women aware of its risks and symptoms. These two types of cancer can be related and women who are at high risk for breast cancer are often at high risk for ovarian cancer.”

Singer Belinda Womack and the all-physician band Doc Rock will kick off this year’s event. Invited experts speaking on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer include Moffitt’s Dr. Rebecca Sutphen, Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics and Dr. Susan Hoover, breast surgical expert. Tampa Bay Area cancer surgeons Dr. Hector Arango, Dr. Giselle Ghurani and Dr. James La Polla will also speak.

In addition to FORCE, local cancer support organizations FACTORS and Ovacome will

provide information on breast and ovarian cancer. The purchase of luminaries to light the night will support the event and memorialize those lives who have been affected by these cancers. All proceeds will benefit FORCE.



FORCE was founded in 1999 by Sue Friedman, D.V.M., a breast cancer survivor and carrier of a BRCA-2 mutation that predisposed her to cancer. Diagnosed at the age of 33, Friedman was concerned by the lack of support, information and services specific to families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Friedman founded FORCE to provide support for high-risk women and to raise awareness about hereditary cancer risks. For more information about FORCE, please visit

About Moffitt Cancer Center

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to

clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.