Nationwide Bus Tour to Stop at Moffitt Cancer Center June 26 to Urge People to Fight Cancer with the Power of Their Voices

June 16, 2008

Mayor Pam Iorio, Moffitt CEO/Center Director Dr. William DaltonandACS COORalph Devitto Scheduled to Speak at Rally

As part of a six-month, 48-state tour, the Fight Back Express bus will stop outside Moffitt Cancer Center on June 26 at 3:30 p.m., carrying the message, “If one person can battle cancer, a nation can rise up and defeat it.”

The tour, sponsored by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), is highlighting the crucial role elected officials play in making cancer a national priority. As government is a critical partner in the fight against cancer, changes in policies and programs at the federal, state and local levels have the potential to effectively help defeat a disease that will kill an estimated 565,650 people in the United States this year.

Local community leaders will join with cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and their families for a rally to welcome the ACS CAN Fight Back Express. At the mobile action center, visitors can share their stories with their elected officials through the electronic Picture a Cure program and sign a petition to guarantee all Americans access to quality health care. The ACS CAN Fight Back Express bus tour comes on the heels of a major public education campaign by ACS CAN and the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about the critical need for access to quality health care for all Americans.

The ACS CAN Fight Back Express tour kicked off in Ohio in early May and will travel across the 48 continental United States through Election Day, Nov. 4. Learn about the ACS CAN Fight Back Express at www.acscan.org/bus.  

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. 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 “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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