Moffitt Cancer Center Announces AutoNation as Miles for Moffitt Presenting Sponsor

January 19, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center will host the 11th Annual Miles for Moffitt on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the USF Sun Dome. This year’s presenting sponsor, AutoNation, is in the race to beat cancer, along with Moffitt’s patients, staff, caregivers, scientists and physicians. 

On Thursday, Jan. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m., Moffitt will host AutoNation’s Regional President, Jim Bender, for a partnership kickoff event where AutoNation will display Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s racecar, present a $100,000 check to Moffitt and will donate 40 iPad’s to the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Lounge. 

At the event, Bender will be joined by AutoNation’s Tampa Market President, Dave Koehler and 20 local AutoNation General Managers. At the end of the formal presentation, Moffitt staff will be giving the AutoNation guests of honor a tour of its research labs and clinic building. 

“We are thrilled to partner with Moffitt on the 11th Annual Miles for Moffitt event,” said AutoNation CEO and Moffitt Cancer Center national Board of Advisors member, Mike Jackson. “AutoNation is a huge supporter of cancer research and to see firsthand what these patients face every day as they fight for their lives will really help bring this partnership full circle for our team.” 

AutoNation’s Miles for Moffitt support will be visibly recognized with prominent signage in the Infusion Center where patients go to receive their chemotherapy treatment. 

“Last year, AutoNation proudly supported Miles for Moffitt as a Gold Sponsor and was recognized as a Top Corporate Team raising $26,000 and engaging more than 400 team members in the race,” said Dr. Alan List, president and CEO for Moffitt. “To step up as the presenting sponsor shows us their commitment to fighting cancer.” 

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, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About AutoNation
AutoNation is America's largest automotive retailer, currently owning and operating 342 new vehicle franchises from coast to coast. AutoNation sold its 10 millionth vehicle in 2015, the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. AutoNation is also the only automotive retailer to guarantee every vehicle retailed is recall-free. A commitment to delivering a peerless experience through customer-focused sales and service processes is what drives AutoNation's success. In 2015, AutoNation committed $1,000,000 to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through its Drive Pink Campaign. AutoNation is transforming the automotive industry through bold leadership, technology and innovation.