TAMPA, Fla. (Oct 3, 2016) – Moffitt Cancer Center’s Healthy KIDZ Program will go pink on Oct. 4 from 2-4 p.m. with a program designed to educate youth about breast cancer. Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Goes Pink will host 4th-8th grade students from a number of area schools. Those students are all part of the Junior Buccaneers football league.
The educational event will be held at Moffitt’s McKinley Outpatient Center, 10920 McKinley Dr, which houses the cancer center’s breast oncology department.
“These kids idolize sports icons and the NFL recognizes breast cancer awareness by having their players wear pink, which symbolizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,” said Nikki Inda, Community Relations Coordinator at Moffitt. “We’re especially excited to present our special guest, Bucs wide receiver Louis Murphy.”
Murphy’s charity, 1st Downs 4 Life, has a mission to empower and inspire youth by providing opportunities that assist them in making positive choices. In 2008, Murphy, a St. Petersburg, Fla., native, established the charity in honor of his mother, who lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer. The organization is guided by the example set by his mother as she dedicated her life to giving back to the community and helping youth. He joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.
“I vowed to God and my late mother Filomena Murphy, that if I ever made it, I would come back and lend a helping hand,” Murphy said.
The youth attending will also hear from Moffitt surgical oncologist Dr. John Kiluk before taking a tour of the cancer center’s new McKinley Outpatient Center.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation 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 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.