TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed actress, producer and philanthropist Vivica A. Fox to its national Board of Advisors. Fox joins a prominent group of individuals from across the nation who serve as Moffitt ambassadors and offer their expertise and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center.
Fox is no stranger to the national stage. The actress has a long and recognizable career in movies and television. While she is possibly most recognized for her role in the Independence Day films, Fox began her professional acting career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives and Generations. She later moved to prime time, starring opposite Patti LaBelle in the NBC sitcom, Out All Night. Since then, she has appeared in more than 100 films, including F. Gary Gray’s Set It Off.
“We are pleased to have someone of Vivica’s experience on our team,” said Bob Griese, Moffitt’s Board of Directors chair and former Dolphins Pro Football Hall of Famer quarterback. “She has felt the pain of losing loved ones to cancer, and she feels deeply about finding ways to defeat the disease. As a group, we spend a lot of time talking about ways to effectively communicate about the important research being conducted at Moffitt, and I am sure she can weigh in on that.”
Currently, the former Dancing with the Stars contestant has a recurring role on Fox's hit television series Empire, and she is co-executive producer and stars in the Lifetime network series Vivica's Black Magic. Fox also owns Vivica Fox Hair Collection, which includes a special line for cancer patients that includes wigs, hats, head wraps and scarves.
Fox also is a member of Moffitt’s George Edgecomb Society, a new program which seeks to raise funds to address cancer health disparities. Fox joins 32 other prominent figures on Moffitt’s national Board of Advisors.
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 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 5,400 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of more than $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.