Moffitt Merit Society Welcomes Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

September 22, 2009

Tampa, FL– The Moffitt Merit Society, a women-in-leadership and philanthropy group of the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, today inducted Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio into honorary membership. Mayor Iorio met with Susan Stern, executive director of the Moffitt Foundation and Celia Ferman, a Moffitt Merit Society steering committee member, at the mayor’s office where she received a membership certificate and pin. 

In accepting the honor, Mayor Iorio cited the desire of most women to make their lives meaningful.  She credited the Moffitt Merit Society as an opportunity for service-oriented women, especially mothers, to help prevent and cure cancer for coming generations.

“Women naturally ask, ‘What kind of world will my children live in?’” Mayor Iorio remarked.  “Women are very futuristic, and they see it through the eyes of their children.” Noting the advances in cancer knowledge and treatment, she added that “the difference between the 1970s and now is hope.”

The Moffitt Merit Society was named for the first known woman in medicine, Merit Ptah, who lived in Egypt 5,000 years ago.  Carrying on this legacy, the Society supports women’s cancer initiatives at Moffitt Cancer Center including groundbreaking research of women scientists, The Center for Women’s Oncology and educational opportunities for young women studying science and medicine.

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.