TAMPA, Fla. — Robert (Bob) Samuels’ tenacious approach to cancer prevention and survival education, specifically about prostate cancer, has reached thousands on a national level. His efforts will be rewarded at the PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt event May 12 at the USF Sun Dome.
Samuels is the third recipient of the Priscilla Mack Survivorship Award, an honor presented annually by the Miles for Moffitt Board of Directors. The recipient is selected from cancer survivor nominees who, among other characteristics, show an outstanding commitment to the fight against cancer and continually inspire those who have been diagnosed with cancer
Created in 2010, the award is named for Priscilla Mack, a cancer survivor and sponsor chairwoman for Miles for Moffitt, who is known for her accomplishments in moving cancer research forward for survival and prevention through fundraising efforts and a tireless dedication to finding a cure.
A former Moffitt Cancer Center board member, Samuels is the founding chairman of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition and of the Florida Prostate Cancer Network, Inc.
In 2000, he founded the original African American Men’s Health Forum, which has educated more than 10,000 men about prostate cancer. Today, the event is known as the Men’s Health Forum and is open to all men who are underinsured or uninsured.
Former Mayor Pam Iorio presented Samuels with the Outstanding Citizen’s award. He has been honored by The Florida Legislature, and in March, he was recognized by The New York City Council for exemplary community service.
His recently published book, “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t,” tells the story of courage, caring and commitment to make a difference in life.
Mack was the first recipient of the Priscilla Mack Survivorship Award in 2010, followed in 2011 by Linda Bradley of Titusville, a cancer survivor who advocates for cancer patients at the Space Coast Cancer Foundation.
Miles for Moffitt is an annual event that helps raise money for cancer research programs at Moffitt, and 100 percent of registration fees and donations go directly to support its research. Visit www.MilesForMoffitt.com.
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Located in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is also 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.