TAMPA, Fla. — Jon and Cindy Gruden were the guests of honor Thursday as the Gruden Huddle Room was dedicated at the new Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center. The new facility, located less than a mile from Moffitt’s hospital on the campus of the University of South Florida, opened Nov. 9 and houses the breast and skin cancer clinics among other services.
The Gruden Huddle Room honors Jon and Cindy for their tireless dedication and generosity to Moffitt Cancer Center, our patients and the community. This space will be used to conduct multispecialty tumor boards, which bring cancer experts from surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and more to review each patient’s case to determine the best personalized approach to treatment.
Cindy Gruden is a longtime member of the Moffitt Foundation Board of Directors. “I am so proud we are associated with Moffitt. These are the greatest people who live the mantra of hope and courage,” she said.
Ed Droste, chair of the Moffitt Foundation Board of Directors, welcomed guests and introduced speakers including Alan F. List, M.D, president & CEO of Moffitt; James Mulé, Ph.D., associate center director of Translational Science; and breast cancer survivor Rebecca Wolf, who thanked the Grudens for their generosity.
“I am overwhelmed at this response. Our goal was to just create awareness and let people know that Moffitt is here and it is awesome. We are going to compete and we are going to win this battle,” said Jon Gruden, NFL analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and former NFL head coach, including for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I spent all those years coaching and we had staff meetings in rooms like this and we wanted to dominate each opponent. Cancer is a tough opponent and doesn’t want to go away. But we’re going to beat it because we have the best game plan.”
Guests were invited to tour the official ESPN Monday Night Football bus, which was parked outside of the McKinely campus.
The reception brought together many friends and supporters of the Grudens. After the event, Jon and Cindy delivered autographed footballs to patients in the breast and skin cancer clinics.
Photos available to media upon request.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.