TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center and the Tampa Bay Rays will host Miles for Moffitt Day April 26. The game will highlight Miles for Moffitt, an annual race event that supports vital cancer research in the Tampa Bay area. The Rays will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Miles for Moffitt supporters can cheer on a special group of cancer survivors who will be recognized on the field before the game. Michelle DeJong will throw out the first pitch and Moffitt patient and employee Wanda Lane will help kick the game off by singing the National Anthem. Lane has worked in Moffitt’s Risk Management Department for 22 years and underwent surgery to remove a suspicious tumor in her throat.
“As a long-time employee at Moffitt, I never expected to have a cancer concern myself. When I found a suspicious lump in my throat, I immediately sought the care of Moffitt’s Head and Neck Department. My surgeon was able to safely remove my tumor with such minimal side effects that I can still sing today. I am so proud to represent Moffitt as both a patient and employee while singing the National Anthem at the Trop,” said Lane.
Evan Longoria returns to this year’s race as Miles for Moffitt’s special ambassador and will be looking for Rays fans to help raise money for cancer research at Moffitt. Rays fans that join Team Longo will receive a special Rays Up Team Longo shirt (while supplies last) from the Rays and those who raise $50 will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win an autographed baseball. Team members who raise $250 will be entered into a random drawing to watch a Rays batting practice and meet Longoria before a home game during the 2015 season.
“The Rays take great pride in our partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center. We’re looking forward to Miles for Moffitt, which has quickly turned into a wonderful tradition in Tampa Bay,” said Mark Fernandez, senior vice president of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tickets for the Rays-Blue Jays game can be purchased here.
Miles for Moffitt will have an informational booth where Rays fans can sign up to participate in Miles for Moffitt as an individual runner, join or create a team, or register as a virtual runner or a volunteer.
The 10th-annual Miles for Moffitt event is Saturday, May 9, at the University of South Florida. Since 2006, Miles for Moffitt has raised more than $2 million and funded 35 researchers and their cancer research programs at Moffitt. All of the money raised through registration and donations funds finding a cure for cancer right here in the Tampa Bay area. Last year’s race hosted 7,500 people who raised $635,600. To register for Miles for Moffitt, visit www.MilesForMoffitt.com.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 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 the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.