YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
In 2019, friends and family from UF Health participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a national awareness walk hosted by the American Cancer Society. Teams from UF Health raised more than $40,000.
LINK TO PINK
The Gators gymnastics team hosted the UF Health Cancer Center during their annual Link to Pink meet at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The event is part of a Southeastern Conference initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention and treatment — and attendees received UF Health Cancer Center shirts and pom-poms.
CLIMB FOR CANCER
The Climb for Cancer Foundation held its 7th annual Hogtown 5K Beer Run at Haile Plantation in March. All proceeds benefited the foundation, which supports UF Health cancer patients and their families.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope on Wheels presented UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital with a $300,000 Hyundai Young Investigator Grant in September. The grant supports the research of pediatric oncologist Elias Sayour, M.D., Ph.D. During the event, pediatric patients battling cancer participated in the program’s signature handprint ceremony, dipping their hands in paint and placing their handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe and Sayour’s lab coat.
PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS — VOLLEYBALL
The UF Health Cancer Center raised awareness for pancreatic cancer at the Gators volleyball game in November. Steven Hughes, M.D., chief of surgical oncology at UF Health, served the game ball.
CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR
In January, the UF Health Cancer Center faculty and staff gathered in the UF Cancer & Genetics Research Complex atrium to celebrate the center’s myriad achievements in 2018 and to toast to the opportunities and successes of the coming year.
Chomp Melanoma, a group composed of UF medical and undergraduate students, hosted a free public skin cancer screening at UF HealthStreet. UF Health dermatologists and local practitioners were on hand to perform skin cancer checks and to provide information about how people can perform self-checks at home.
UFHCC WOMEN'S WELLNESS CANCER SYMPOSIUM
Hosted in March, three UF Health providers presented about women’s cancer prevention, treatment and research. The symposium was preceded by a Women’s Cancer Wellness Health Fair that featured women’s wellness services from UF Health providers.
OCALA ROYAL DAMES — TIARA BALL
Held each spring, the Tiara Ball is the signature event of the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research — a charitable organization composed of 200-plus women focused on supporting cancer research and education. A portion of the proceeds support UF Health research in areas, including pediatric hematology- oncology, breast cancer, prostate cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
ANTE UP AGAINST CANCER
In March, the third Ante Up Against Cancer annual poker tournament at the Cardroom at Oxford Downs in Summerfield featured live music, food and drinks. The event benefited the UF Health Cancer Center.
The second annual Danny’s Dream event was hosted in March. The event, established in honor of Danny DiNatale who lost his battle to Ewing’s sarcoma in 2016, has raised over $245,000 for Ewing’s sarcoma research at the UF Health Cancer Center.
RICK CROTON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The second annual Rick Croton Memorial Golf Tournament for Prostate Cancer Research was held at the Country Club of Ocala in May with over 100 participants honoring Rick’s fight against prostate cancer. Sponsored by the UF Health Cancer Center, the event also served to raise awareness of appropriate prostate cancer screening and advances in prostate cancer diagnosis.