TAMPA, Fla. — Lisa Logan started participating in Miles for Moffitt in 2013, when her employer, AutoNation, became a sponsor. It was an opportunity for her to rally with her co-workers and give back to cancer research. But she never imagined that one day she would face cancer.
In 2015, Logan found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. It came as a shock — she was 41 and had no prior family history.
“Like most, I was scared and uncertain about where to begin,” said Logan.
First she found a surgeon, then quickly started chemotherapy. She vowed not to let treatment keep her from the Miles for Moffitt 5K. It was a whole new experience participating as a cancer patient.
As she struggled on the course, Logan found inspiration from a stranger.
“A woman who was running in front of me turned around and said, ‘I’m running for you. You are why I do this.’ I had never met this woman before and she had no idea who I was,” said Logan. “I was so moved and Miles for Moffitt took on a whole new meaning for me.”
After finishing chemotherapy, Logan had a lumpectomy and her lymph nodes removed. She also received radiation. Today she is cancer free and credits her successful outcome to the advancement of cancer research, which is funded through events like Miles for Moffitt.
For the past seven years, AutoNation has been the presenting sponsor for Miles for Moffitt. It means a lot to employees like Logan.
“I am so proud to work for a company that not only supported me throughout my journey but also supports such a great cause,” said Logan. “AutoNation has become even more supportive of their associates who become affected by offering a cancer insurance policy.”
Even though she calls her experience traumatic, Logan says she is very fortunate to have had the resources and support available to her and hopes to inspire others the same way a stranger inspired her.
Over the past 14 years, Miles for Moffitt has raised over $6.4 million supporting lifesaving research studies at Moffitt Cancer Center and has gained millions in additional federal support, helping patients like Logan.
Join Logan and AutoNation in their pursuit to help contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer at this year’s virtual Miles for Moffitt on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. Tune in on Facebook for a livestreamed send-off to unite our virtual participants. Tag us on social media using #MilesForMoffitt.
WHO: Everyone is invited to participate
WHAT: Miles for Moffitt
WHEN: Tune in to Facebook at 10 a.m. Oct. 24 for our live send-off
WHERE: Participate wherever you are during this virtual event
REGISTER: www.MilesForMoffitt.com through Oct. 24
COST: $50 for Virtual Adult Registration, $30 for Virtual Kids Registration; Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2021. 100% of your registration and donations will support cancer research at Moffitt.
RACE KIT: Includes a Miles for Moffitt T-shirt, race bib and medal mailed to you
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 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is the No. 11 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.