TAMPA, Fla. — There’s a distinct difference between running and jogging, according to Peter Campo. “My wife is a runner. I’m a jogger,” he says.

Campo, president of Gerdau Long Steel North America, has run in Miles for Moffitt since he first came to his company’s headquarters in Tampa in 2008, along with his wife, Julie. This year, Campo set a New Year’s resolution to run 600 miles. Last year, he ran 500. Despite his goals, it is Julie who is the marathon athlete.  

“We run on weekends. She slows down for me,” Campo says.

The Campos’ don’t do it only for the steps — they lost a child to cancer years ago.

“Everybody knows somebody who has cancer or experienced a tragedy,” Campo says. “I’m not special. I have the ability to give something back, and, at Gerdau, we have a collective ability to give back in big ways.”

On May 13, the couple will run the 12th annual Miles for Moffitt presented by AutoNation at the USF Sun Dome. There will be a 10K, 5K, 1-mile run/walk, wheelchair race and Kids Dash. Supporters can also participate as a virtual runner. All registration fees and donations will support cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Since 2006, when Miles for Moffitt began, the event has raised more than $3.2 million to benefit finding a cure.  

“I have a soft spot for research and a soft spot for cancer research in particular,” Campo says.

He has served on the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation Board for over two years and is part of the research committee — a natural fit for this Caltech Ph.D. in chemical engineering.

Campo can identify with the scientists on the cancer research side, which helps him bridge the gap between the science and philanthropy.

“My contribution is helping philanthropists understand what their money is going to. When you can make a connection to those who have the means to make a difference, it’s powerful,” he says.

Campo’s philanthropy work aligns with those of Gerdau, a steel manufacturer with 18 mills in North America. Each year, Gerdau engages thousands of employees in company-sponsored volunteer activities.

In the past, Gerdau has come in second and third for the largest team at Miles for Moffitt. This year, Gerdau is a bib sponsor.

Campo describes the run as a sort of company picnic.

“It’s fun. It promotes wellness. It gets people out, and they mix with other people in the company they don’t see every day,” Campo says.

Miles for Moffitt online registration will be open until Thursday, May 11. Registration is also available at packet pickup locations. You can register the day of the race from 6 to 7 a.m. For information on registration and the race day schedule, click here

About Gerdau 

Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas, and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world.

Gerdau’s North American operations consist of mills, recycling operations, and downstream facilities which manufacture steel products for the construction, automotive, agricultural and energy markets. Gerdau is proud to stimulate the economy with a variety of well-paid manufacturing careers, employing 9,000 people across 120 communities in the U.S. and Canada.

The company’s robust recycling practices transform millions of tons of scrap metals into steel products each year, making Gerdau is one of the greenest choices for steel. Visit Gerdau.com/NorthAmerica.

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 5,600 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