TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center’s efforts to conduct research addressing racial disparities in cancer have a new source of community support, created in memory of a local African-American icon Judge George Edgecomb.

Supporters will have a chance to learn more about the newly created George Edgecomb Society at a kickoff event on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in Moffitt’s Vincent A. Stabile Research Building. Grammy Award-winning R&B hip-hop artist Paul Anthony of Full Force will share details of his cancer experience.  Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and Alia Davis from Allure will perform with him. Event space is limited. Click here to RSVP.

The George Edgecomb Society honors the memory of a close friend of H. Lee Moffitt. When the judge died of cancer in 1976, it spurred then-state legislator Moffitt to create what has become the only National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. Moffitt Cancer Center established the George Edgecomb Society to keep his legacy alive by ensuring equitable health outcomes and eliminating cancer health disparities among blacks/African-Americans.

“While there has been progress in cancer treatment, screening, diagnosis and prevention over the past decades, it has been slower for the black/African-American community,” notes B. Lee Green, Ph.D., Moffitt Vice President of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications. “This community continues to face higher cancer rates and cancer deaths in comparison to other communities.”

Contributions from members of the George Edgecomb Society will underwrite the research and clinical efforts of Moffitt scientists focused on these cancer disparities. Membership is open to all with many giving levels.  Those who contribute $1,000 or more annually will also have a voice in deciding which research efforts are underwritten with society funds.

Learn more about the George Edgecomb Society by RSVPing for the Feb. 9 event. More information can also be found at www.Moffitt.org/GES.

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