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Sister, Sister

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Surgery available nowhere else in the U.S. made travel possible for glioblastoma patient David Pearse Read More

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The Call for Courage Bell

For patient Stephanie Stanfield, bell ringing ritual celebrates continuation of life, little victories Read More

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Calamari, Moffitt and a Little Humor Saved My Life

Patient John Sherry faced pancreatic cancer two times in just two years Read More

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Meet Laurietta the Conqueror

Miles for Moffitt is a passion for this stomach cancer survivor Read More

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Remembering Aunt Frances

Brothers’ loss fuels opportunity to give back with Miles for Moffitt Read More

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Running for a Hero Not Forgotten

Miles for Moffitt team honors Korean war veteran who spent his life giving back to others until the very end. Read More

Together We Will

Together We Will (Fight Cancer)

Alexandra Buchanan started a Miles for Moffitt team last year while her dad was in treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma Read More

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Clinical Trials Give Lung Cancer Patient a ‘Precious Gift’

Despite a stage 4 diagnosis, Francine Milford is living life to the fullest. Read More

Karin Starkweather Runner

Running for Those Who Can’t

Two-time cancer survivor runs to raise funds for research and bring awareness to rare cancer. Read More

Kinsella Mohawk Marathon

1,300 Miles from Moffitt, for Moffitt

Miles for Moffitt virtual Runner Kailey Kinsella runs Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, raises over $1,000 in memory of grandmother. Read More

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Moving Towards Recovery

Pilot program gets patients on their feet and out of the hospital faster. Read More

Pumpkin House Fence

Great Pumpkin Fence Fights Cancer

Davenport, Fla. couple adds to their Halloween fundraiser for Moffitt Cancer Center. Read More

Vicki Peters Team

Two-time Cancer Survivor Vicki is Running for a Cure

Vicki Peters is a two-time cancer survivor who credits family and friends as the main source of her strength through her journey. Read More

Dawn Provenzano And Family

Helping Unconditionally

Dawn Provenzano shares her Why for participating in Miles for Moffitt. Read More

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USF Student Tackles Cancer by the Horns

Hodgkin lymphoma patient balancing homework and chemotherapy. Read More

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Miles for Moffitt Team Spotlight: Hans’ Angels

That was the inspiration for Donna Look to start team Hans’ Angels for Miles for Moffitt after losing her father to pancreatic cancer in May of this year. Read More

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What it Means to be a Previvor

Genetic screening helps patients take their health into their own hands. Read More

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Rare Melanoma Can’t Keep This Clown Down

She dons makeup, wig, bowtie to give back to pediatric patients. Read More

Arthur Kropp Aging Month

Age is Just a Number

When others refused to treat Arthur Kropp because of his age, Moffitt stepped in. Read More

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Gonzmart Named Philanthropist of the Year

Moffitt Cancer Center among organizations nominating local restauranteur for honors. Read More

MFM Spotlight Christina Sisti

Miles for Moffitt Participant Spotlight: Christina Sisti

Mere months after watching her husband, Ron, find out he was cancer-free, the last thing Christina Sisti expected was to be receiving her own cancer diagnosis. Read More

Seek And Speak Workshop

Seeking and Speaking Your Story Helps Healing Process

Moffitt workshop helps connect and make sense of life events. Read More

Chrys Bundy

The Pride of St. Pete

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor gives back to community. Read More

Selina Rice

“An out of body experience”

Mom of three overcomes rare sarcoma in fight of her life. Read More

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Faith, Family, Baseball Motivate Cancer Patient

Tampa Bay Rays salute all-star dad. Read More


Surgery Can Prevent Pancreatic Cancer in Some Patients

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest five-year survival rate of any cancer. Read More

Melanoma Infiltrating The Brain

‘A Clinical Trial Saved My Life’

After melanoma metastasized to his brain, Larry Thomason was given 10 months to live. Read More

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Natural Gas Plant Manager Overcomes Cancer to Achieve Lifelong Dream

“It was very tough,” said Drango. “It was like in the movies when the room starts closing in. Once I heard the word cancer I didn’t hear much else.” Read More

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Bringing Cancer to the Canvas

When artist Ray Paul was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2011, he wanted to better understand his disease. Read More

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Clinical Trial Brings Hope to Lung Cancer Patient

Last year, Lee was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer that had spread to her brain and spine. Read More

Melissa Vasquez

20-Year Navy Veteran Beats Cancer Three Times

After four deployments, Melissa Vazquez takes on cancer. Read More

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The wife and mother of five is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Read More

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Two and a half years after bladder cancer, Craig Graham is getting back to life and living healthier. Read More

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New Mom Battled Breast Cancer While Pregnant

She was just 35 years old, a wife, a mother and nine weeks pregnant with her second child. Read More

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Pat Grossman has logged nearly 3,200 service hours helping patients and their loved ones. Read More

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Saving Lives After Death

Gail Porter was the first patient to enroll in Moffitt's rapid tissue donation program. Read More

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Surgical 'A' Team Saves 'Aunt B'

In a risky, all-day surgery, Moffitt Cancer Center doctors removed a rare cancerous tumor blocking blood flow to a Brenda Nelson's heart. Read More

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More than 17,500 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed this year. Read More

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I Still Have My Voice

Larynx cancer, or cancer of the voice box, threated to take patient Jeff Blaney's voice. Read More

Social Work Awareness Month

The Grand Adventure

Patient Dana Young-Melnick found support during and after her cancer journey through Moffitt's social work program. Read More

HIV Virus Cured

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Beating the Odds Against Brain Cancer

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There is Life

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Clinic Turns High Risk into High Chance of Survival  

Around 10 percent of GI cancers are hereditary, and the high-risk clinic sees hundreds of patients. Read More

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New Year, New Perspective

Breast cancer survivor shifts focus to living with intent. Read More


The Voice on the Other Line

Program connects mentors with cancer patients, caregivers and survivors. Read More


Don’t ignore that ringing in your ear

Moffitt Cancer Center conference explores genetic nerve condition that can lead to hearing loss Read More


Running the Distance to Fight Cancer

Days before returning to Moffitt to treat his leukemia, Ron Wertley completes the 48.6 mile Dopey Challenge. Read More


Sit. Stay. Heal.

Moffitt is the first hospital in Hillsborough County to become a pet therapy certification site. Read More


Wedding Bells Ring at Moffitt

Kent Moss and Maggie Zielinski were married in Moffitt's blue valet lobby this week. Read More


Battling Tough Odds

How Women in Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinic Are Paving the Way in Pancreatic Cancer Research and Treatment Read More


It’s Us Against Cancer

Rocio Ferrer knows firsthand the importance of caregivers in patients’ lives. Read More


Cancer Patient Completes Dream of Running in New York City Marathon

After his cancer diagnosis, Jon Henrichsen marked a life milestone by completing the New York City Marathon. Read More


Loads of Love: Couple Donates Detergent for Moffitt Patients

Doing the laundry may seem mundane, but the household chore creates a sense of normalcy for patients and caregivers. Read More


The General’s Daughter

Jessica Schwarzkopf will carry on her father’s legacy by taking part in Moffitt Cancer Center’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 9. Read More


Giving Cancer a Good Scare

Pumpkin House creators pledge a portion of Halloween fundraiser to Moffitt Cancer Center. Read More


Moffitt Speech Pathologist Wants to Help Others after Own Breast Cancer Battle

Brooke DuLaney shares her story to raise awareness and educate other young moms, provide support Read More


Moffitt Psychiatrist Helps Patients while on Her Own Cancer Journey

Aliya Hafeez, M.D., currently splits her week between chemo, recovery and seeing patients. Read More


Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Brought Renewed Hope To Lung Cancer Patient

My husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary last year and know without a doubt that I would not be alive today if we had not sought treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center. Read More


Mom-Daughter Duo Find Purpose in Club After Breast Cancer Journey

Marnee Long and her daughter fundraise and advocate for breast cancer through Tampa Catholic’s ‘Think Pink’ club. Read More


Is Immunotherapy the Key to Fighting Ovarian Cancer?

Oncologists believe immunotherapy could be the missing piece of the puzzle. Read More


Regular Screenings led to Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Moffitt team member Mike DeWitt knew of his family history but had no symptoms when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Read More


Fall Prevention

The United States Centers for Disease Control estimates that unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury and death in Americans over age 65. Read More


Possible Sinkhole Doesn’t Derail Multiple Myeloma Fighter

Laurie Vos stays focused on her cancer treatment while her home remains in jeopardy. Read More


The Gift of Hope - As Told by Phil Jones

One year after his transplant, Phil Jones and his wife traveled to Tennessee to meet the man who gave him the “gift of extended life.” Read More


Coach Laurie Pacholke Brings Strategy to Cancer Battle

Celebrated Freedom High School girls’ basketball coach battles stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Read More


Patients with Genetic Risk for Cancer Feel at Home in New Program

The GeneHome program is a hereditary clinic that sees patients who have had genetic testing and been found to carry a change in a gene that can cause cancer. Read More


Healthy KIDZ Heading to College

Kelviyana Walker was one of 13 high schoolers who received a $1,000 Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Role Model Scholarship this spring. Read More


Turning the Tide on Cancer

Gene Evans is celebrating his 9th anniversary as a cancer survivor with a 16-mile paddle and you can join him. Read More


“Now, I Look Like Daddy”

A newlywed shares her story of survival as she begins breast cancer treatment just days after losing her husband. Read More


Bucket List: iPad, Video Conferencing and the Open Road

David Palmer has lung cancer. But that hasn’t stopped him from sipping wine in Napa and gambling in Vegas. Read More


Through the Lens of a Lung Cancer Patient Advocate

"I did not know of anyone with cancer and had no knowledge of lung cancer or any treatment I would need," remembers Sandra. Read More


Anna Hipp: Why I Paddle

Join patient Anna Hipp on Saturday, May 26, at The Club at Treasure Island to take a stand against cancer. Read More


Resiliency Through the Power of Song

Tim Kilraine credits his doctors and music for helping him beat stage 4 melanoma. Read More


Margie's Story: I Truly Feel Blessed

Missing Margie? Our front desk extraordinaire has been battling lung cancer and rang the bell today as she received her last radiation treatment. Read More


Natalie's Story: 'It's Not in Me to Give Up Now'

Want a glimpse into the life of a young patient with stage 2 breast cancer? Check out Natalie’s poem. Read More


Rex Culpepper’s New Playbook

The football star is tackling his cancer diagnosis by focusing on positivity, leaning on skills he’s gained on the field. Read More


My Cancer Journey: Patient Perspective from Pat McCrea, Breast Cancer Survivor and Moffitt Team Member

Hear from Pat McCrea, a patient and Moffitt team member who underwent treatment here at Moffitt for triple negative breast cancer. Read More


8 Questions with Moffitt Patient and Professional Wakeboarder Alexa Score

"For me the act of 'surviving' isn’t one single accomplishment, like having no cancer or growing your hair back. Surviving, to me, is a way of life," says Alexa Score. Read More


Salute to Survivors Honoree Gets Surprise Guest - Brother Emmitt Smith

Marsha Smith-Hill, a breast cancer survivor, had a quite a memorable time at the Rays-Orioles game on Saturday. Read More


Chad's Story: 'There is Life After Cancer'

Chad, a two-time sarcoma survivor, says having personal goals during treatment – something that didn’t involve cancer – was helpful. Read More


Moffitt Patient Brings Relief to Others with Port Pillows

After Rhonda heard fellow patients share stories about not wearing their seatbelts because the seatbelt put pressure on their port, she came up with a plan to help them. Read More


Fanny's Story: I Have a Strong Spirit

"My friend pushed me really hard to come here, and even recommended a specific doctor for me. We are really grateful to her for recommending Moffitt," says Fanny. Read More


Ashley's Story: Paying it Forward

My journey to becoming the new co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council began five years ago at the age of 27 when I walked through the doors at Moffitt for treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. Read More


Patty's Story: How She Became 'Great Friends' With Her Radiation Mask

After completing radiation therapy, Patty had her radiation face mask painted and discovered that it changed her outlook about the treatment. Read More


Scott's Story: 'I Still Get Emotional When I Come Here'

Scott was first diagnosed with esophageal cancer in October 2015. We had a chance to sit down him and ask about his experiences at Moffitt. Read More


Head and Neck Cancer Can’t Silence Local Lawyer

To see him now, you’d never know the battle Tampa attorney Buddy fought outside the courtroom. For more than 30 years, the lawyer relied on his voice to help individuals and businesses navigate the bankruptcy process Read More


John's Story: Giving Back Through Music

"Upon walking into Moffitt Cancer Center, it did not feel like any other hospital I had ever been to," says John, a throat cancer survivor. Read More


Tara's Story: I’m so Happy to be Sick

Tears well up in Tara’s eyes as she remembers the medical team telling her it was probably just a cyst and nothing to worry about, but as she peered through a half-open doorway she saw her image on the screen with a large mass lit up. Read More


Couple Says 'I Do' in the ICU at Moffitt Cancer Center

Ena's fiancé, Steven, didn’t know if they were going to see the wedding day they’d been planning for months. He decided then and there he wanted to marry her right away. Read More


30 Years Later, She'll Always Be 'Little Miss Moffitt'

Thirty-year-old Morgan is a catering coordinator in Atlanta, but to the team at Moffitt Cancer Center, she’ll always be “Little Miss Moffitt.” Read More


Brandon's Story

Receiving a melanoma diagnosis came as quite a shock to Brandon after two dermatologists told him that the mole on his right temple was of no concern. Read More


Two-Time Cancer Survivor and Pearl Harbor Survivor Reflects on 75th Anniversary

George Kondas is a hero, an inspiration and a reminder to never give up hope as America remembers the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Read More


Elise's Story: A Present Wrapped in Strange Packaging

Stage 4 pancreatic cancer survivor Elise says she would not trade her journey with cancer for anything. Read More


Dawn Shares Her Story

At the age of 36, Dawn was in the best shape of her life. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a triathlete, so when she began experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath she didn’t know what was wrong. Read More


Julie's Story

Julie had a procedure known as mini-Associating Liver Partition and Portal Vein Ligation, or ALPPS, which promotes rapid growth of the liver and makes removal of all cancerous lesions safe and possible. Read More


Emerald's Story

"What I've learned through this experience is to listen to your body. Don't ignore the warning signs. Just because you are young doesn't mean it can't happen." Read More


Pamela's Story

My dogs helped get me through the toughest fight of my life. In early 2014, when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, I was 38. Read More


92-Year-Old Celebrates Last Round of Radiation with Sweet Sound of Success

The musical melodies of sleigh bells, church bells and school bells don’t resonate like the sweet symphony of a bell ringing in Moffitt’s radiation department. Read More


Harriett's Story

When Harriet’s cancer returned she was comforted knowing her Moffitt team was with her every step of the way during her treatment. Read More


Betty's Story

After being misdiagnosed for five years, Betty encourages everyone to be aware of your “normal” in order to help the experts with your care. Read More


Robert's Story

When Lieutenant Robert was diagnosed with testicular cancer, it had already spread to his lungs and his lymph nodes. He was devastated, but his fiancé and family kept his hopes high. Read More


William's Story

“I’m here because Moffitt is the place to be. You can’t ask for much more.” Read More


Sonja's Story

When Sonja learned of her sarcoma diagnosis she knew one thing: she was not going down without a fight. Read More


Marty's Story

Being a father is the most important job Marty has. He’s determined to show is kids that cancer can be fought. Read More


Tina's Story

Since cancer had never come up in her family history Tina was shocked to learn of her leukemia diagnosis. She appreciates that her Moffitt team was always available to answer her questions. Read More


Karen's Story

After losing her mother and aunt to breast cancer, Karen understood the importance of frequent screenings. Read More


Judy's Story

Judy chose to participate in clinical trials not only to fight her ovarian cancer, but in the hopes that others would benefit from these studies as well. Read More


Paul's Story

After recovering from his bone marrow transplant, Paul decides to give back to Moffitt as the Patient Advocate involved in building the McKinley Outpatient Center. Read More


Madison's Story

Madison encourages other young adults with cancer to be fearless. Read More


Anna's Story

Throughout her chemotherapy treatment Anna kept her eye on the prize. Read More


It is Never Too Late to Learn How to be a Caretaker

Kenneth Susalla’s experiences with cancer have molded him into the caregiver he is today. Read More


Larry's Story

As a father with young children Larry knew he only wanted to be treated by the “best and the brightest.” He put his full trust in Moffitt’s expert staff. Read More


Mary Jo's Story

After being told her melanoma had metastasized Mary Jo was devastated, but she wasn’t going to give up. A clinical trial at Moffitt was her only hope. Read More


Jackie's Story

Jackie discovered how valuable it can be to find others who can relate, not just sympathize, with her cancer diagnosis at Moffitt’s AYA Program. Read More


Hazel's Story

As a young mother with cancer, Hazel had a lot of questions and concerns. Through the utilization of Moffitt’s resources Hazel and her family were able to find the support and answers they were looking for. Read More


Tiffany's Story

Hear Tiffany's journey through lung cancer discovery, treatment and recovery and how every day is a gift for not only Tiffany but for her loving family. Read More


Angela's Story

In 2008 Angela, then 30 years old, found she had acute myeloid leukemia. A new mother with a responsible job writing training manuals, she immediately was put into isolation and underwent inpatient chemotherapy followed by seven months of outpatient chemotherapy at Moffitt. Read More


Rachell's Story

Rachell was a 24-year-old newlywed hoping to start a family when was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Read More


Tiffany's Story

Tiffany was a working mother of two when she was told she had stage 2 breast cancer. Because of her close bond with her daughters and husband, Don, she knew she wouldn't be fighting this battle alone. Read More


David's Story

David was concerned when he was told he had throat cancer, but when he found out it was caused by HPV - the virus responsible for most cervical cancers in women - he got the shock of his life. Read More


Jacqueline's Story

After being told by doctors it would be a miracle if she survived five years, Jackie decided to come to Moffitt for melanoma treatment. Today, she is telling everyone she can about the importance of skin cancer screening. Read More


Joshua's Story

At age 26, cancer was the last thing on Joshua's mind when he sought treatment for the persistent pain in his lower abdomen. Tests soon revealed he had Ewing's soft-cell sarcoma. Read More