Moffitt Cancer Center Chair Emeritus Issues Statement on Sen. Edward Kennedy’s Death

August 26, 2009

Tampa, FL– Sen. Connie Mack, Moffitt Cancer Center Chair Emeritus, who served with Sen. Edward Kennedy in the United States Senate from January 1989 to January 2001, released the following statement on the passing of his former colleague:.

Statement from Sen. Connie Mack regarding Sen. Kennedy's death:

“America has lost an icon who was one of the most effective legislators in the history of the United States Senate.  I had the distinct pleasure of working with Senator Ted Kennedy on numerous health policy initiatives, including advancing stem cell research, women's health issues, assistance for people living with Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other afflictions, and expanding the horizons of scientific knowledge.  Despite our ideological differences, Ted worked with my Republican colleagues and me to forge bipartisan solutions on some of the most important and complex public health challenges facing our nation.  His effective leadership, and his life-long dedication to assisting those in need, will be missed.

Moffitt Cancer Center appreciated the opportunity to work with Sen. Kennedy in our effort to expand quality care to cancer patients in fulfilling our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

My heartfelt condolences go to his beloved wife, Vicki, the Kennedy family and his dedicated staff.”

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s 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. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.