TAMPA, Fla. –H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute physician, Dr. Samuel Agresta is competing in the Ironman World Championship 70.3 Race to raise money for the A.D. Fund at Moffitt. The race is in Clearwater on Nov. 11 at 7 a.m.
Agresta is competing in memory of his patient, Andrea Dicks Hartley. The A.D. Fund was started on her behalf. Hartley died in August after a ten month battle with clear cell sarcoma. Before her death, Agresta gave Hartley his first Ironman medal from Ironman New Zealand 2002. When Agresta crosses the finish line in Clearwater, Hartley’s 3-year-old daughter Emma will be accompanying him and Agresta will give his medal to her.
To qualify for the Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 race contestants competed in the Ironman 70.3, which consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. Each event in the series offers 100 qualifying spots for the championship in Clearwater. The winners of November’s race qualify for the 2007 Ford Ironman Championship and qualify to return to the 2007 Ford Ironman Championship 70.3 race.
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 the 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.