Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Awareness Luncheon in Sarasota

January 20, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2011) – The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation will host the
12th Annual Sarasota Women’s Cancer Awareness Luncheon at noon Feb. 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Women from Sarasota and Manatee counties have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to prevent and cure women’s reproductive cancers.  Thousands have attended the luncheon through the years with donations reaching close to $1 million.  Proceeds from the event benefit breast and gynecologic cancer research at Moffitt. 

This year, attendees will hear about the latest women’s cancer treatment advances and research from Moffitt physicians, including Dr. Johnathan Lancaster, director of the Center for Women’s Oncology, Dr. Christine Laronga, head of the Don and Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program, and Dr. Susan Minton, associate member of the breast program.

“The luncheon has all the excitement, including boutique shopping, fabulous raffle items and great speakers,” says Sarasota businesswoman and event chair Eileen Curd, “but most importantly it is about the latest in the treatment of women’s cancers.  This event is where I first heard about digital mammography, breast MRI, nipple-sparing surgery and the Gardasil® vaccine.  It’s all about the prevention and cure of cancer.”

Heidi Godman, former medical editor at WWSB, ABC 7, will moderate a question-and-answer session.  Guests are invited to come early and enjoy shopping at the boutique for designer handbags, jewelry, gorgeous orchids and much more.

Call Sonia Cerundolo at (813) 745-4327 to purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, or visit us at

About Moffitt Cancer Center

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 marks a very important anniversary this year – 25 years committed to one mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.