Ninth Annual Spring Swing® - Moffitt Cancer Center’s Sun Safety Tour Kicks Off on March 5

February 10, 2016

Media Alert                                                                                                                                         

Feb. 10, 2016 


Lisa Chillura                                                         Rick Vaughn      

813-745-1353                                                     727-825-3242                                                                 

Ninth Annual Spring Swing® - Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour Kicks Off March 5 

Program has screened more than 3,700, identifying 3,807 suspected cancerous lesions 

WHO:                   Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center 

WHAT:                 Spring Swing® - Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour is a partnership between Moffitt and the Tampa Bay Rays offering free skin cancer screenings at specified baseball spring training venues in March.  The tour kicks off March 5 when the Minnesota Twins host the Baltimore Orioles at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers. Screeners will look for early signs of skin cancer while promoting sun safety, skin cancer awareness and education. Each screening stop will include free Spring Swing shirts, sunscreen, and sun safety educational materials and promotional items.   

During the previous eight spring training seasons, Spring Swing has screened nearly 3,700 people, identifying 3,807 suspected cancerous lesions, including 25 suspected melanomas.   

WHEN/WHERE:   Screenings will begin approximately two hours before game time. 




Screening Time

Game Time

March 5

Fort Myers

Hammond Stadium

Orioles vs. Twins

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

March 6

Port St. Lucie

Tradition Field

Braves vs. Mets

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1:10 p.m.

March 12

Port Charlotte

Charlotte Sports Park

Yankees vs. Rays

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1:05 p.m.

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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. 

About the Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have proudly represented Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay region since 1998. The organization and its foundation are committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interaction and charitable contributions.