WHAT: Launch of the Capitol Ride, a three-day, 300-mile trek from Tampa to the state Capitol. A contingent of Cure on Wheels riders, including researchers and survivors, will travel to the capital for Moffitt Day in Tallahassee on Jan. 18. Moffitt’s mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer; supporters will be lobbying for increased government funding for vital cancer research.
WHEN/WHERE 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012
12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa
Moffitt Research Center (across from Moffitt’s main hospital)
Noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
Arrives at the Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee
WHY: From the executive director of Moffitt’s Clinical Research Operations to a sarcoma survivor who is in remission after being diagnosed in his 20s, rider profiles are available.
- Joshua was 26 when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s soft-cell sarcoma. He underwent treatment and fertility preservation, and now he’s cancer free. Today, he is not only a survivor at Moffitt, but an employee, too.
- Crockett is riding in honor of his brother, who died of melanoma at 27, and his mother, who died of pancreatic cancer at 72. He wants to offer hope to his father, two sisters and others in hopes that they will never have to face cancer.
- Allyn is a cancer survivor who has lost his sister and mother-in-law to the disease. He will ride this year in their memory.
- Michael, vice president of research at Moffitt, is doing his part to further our mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
Prior to embarking, Capitol Ride participants will deliver remarks. The King High School Marching Band will be on-hand to play the national anthem and provide musical entertainment.
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Located in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center, a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia, one in Pennsylvania and two in Puerto Rico. 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.