Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Miles for Moffitt Presented by AutoNation

May 10, 2016

As a young mother of two daughters, Melissa Dempsey was living an active and healthy life with a promising future ahead for her and her family. On May 9, 2015, her world came to a halt when she was diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer. With no family history and her young age, this was a shocking and devastating diagnosis. 

Melissa knew she had a long road ahead and soon realized that she would be a lifelong patient at Moffitt in order to prevent the cancer from coming back. 

Almost exactly one year after her diagnosis, Melissa is participating in Miles for Moffitt to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Her goal is to contribute to the cutting-edge research and recruitment of world-class physicians whose goal is to cure this terrible disease. 

On May 14, Miles for Moffitt presented by AutoNation will welcome runners and walkers to the USF Sun Dome to participate in the new 15K challenge, 10K, 5K, 1-mile run/walk, wheelchair race and Kids Dash. Supporters can also participate as a virtual runner from the comfort of the couch. As always, 100 percent of all registration fees and donations go directly to support cancer research at Moffitt. 

“Because I am the mother of 2- and 4-year-old little girls, I now care deeply about their potential risk,” said Dempsey. “It is my prayer that by the time my girls are advanced in age, the screenings, prevention measures and genetic pieces of the puzzle will be sophisticated enough to prevent them from ever having to battle this disease.” 

Miles for Moffitt online registration closed on Sunday, May 8. Those wanting to participate may register at one of the multiple packet pickup locations depending on race availability. For more information on the packet pickup schedule, click here

All Miles for Moffitt race participants will receive two tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays game that evening for Miles for Moffitt Night with the Rays. The Rays will take on the Oakland Athletics at 6:10 p.m. Fans will receive a free Rays and Moffitt branded fedora. 

In the last 11 years, Moffitt has raised over $3 million to benefit cancer research and has funded over 30 cancer researchers and their programs at Moffitt. Help us continue the momentum and join us May 14 in the fight against cancer.                        

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. One of the three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume, the Tampa-based facility 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. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.