Moffitt Day Focuses On Hope, Need for Continued Support of Cancer Research in Florida

February 10, 2011

WHO: Moffitt Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center based in Florida

WHAT: Moffitt Day recognizes the need for continued legislative support to eradicate Florida’s second leading cause of death, cancer. Moffitt is celebrating 25 years committed to one mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

WHERE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to the public

Florida State Capitol Rotunda and Courtyard

Moffitt Cancer Center exhibits and information

12 p.m. Cure On Wheels, Inc., riders arrive at the Capitol Courtyard via the South Monroe Street entrance for the Capitol Ride finish; Open to the public

2 p.m. House Chamber visit with Rep. James Grant, Tampa District 47

**Media / Photo-Op**

WHY: Exhibits in the State Capitol Rotunda will feature information on the latest advances in cancer research, treatment and prevention at Moffitt and its partner institutions. Members of the Speak Out for Moffitt coalition – 50 passionate citizens, cancer survivors, patients and family members from across the state – will be at the Capitol to meet with legislators and speak to the public.  Cure on Wheels riders will also complete the Capitol Ride, a nearly 300-mile trek from Tampa to the steps of the Capitol, to raise awareness of the need to support life-saving cancer research. Moffitt partner AAA Auto Club South will provide bicycle safety information.

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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 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania 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.