USF students urged to speak out for Moffitt

April 17, 2006

Tampa, FL (April 17, 2006) — The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is enlisting USF students in the battle against cancer. Moffitt representatives will be recruiting volunteers for Speak Out for Moffitt, a grassroots advocacy program, in the breezeway outside the Marshall Center on Wed., April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All those signing up for Speak Out for Moffitt will receive free refreshments.

Speak Out For Moffitt is a coalition of volunteers who communicate the importance of Moffitt initiatives to elected officials throughout the state. With just a few keystrokes from a computer, Speak Out for Moffitt volunteers can carry the fight against cancer all the way to Tallahassee or Washington, D.C.

Each year Moffitt, which is closely affiliated with the USF College of Medicine, vies for funding from the State of Florida and the U.S. Government. Speak Out for Moffitt members support that effort by sending emails and letters to state and federal lawmakers.

“This type of grassroots activism is extremely effective,” says John DeMuro, Moffitt Cancer Center’s Coordinator of Advocacy. “Speak Out for Moffitt members – advocates for Moffitt and USF’s College of Medicine – can influence public policy, paving the way for funding of key efforts in cancer treatment, prevention, and research.”

To sign up for Speak Out for Moffitt online, visit www.MoffittCancerCenter.org. For more information, contact John DeMuro at (813) 745-1527 or demuroj@moffitt.usf.edu.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center 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.

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