The UF Health Cancer Center is proud to be a part of a community that moves cancer care and research forward. It is this community that helps shape and guide our mission — to prevent, detect and treat cancer — and brings new therapies to patients through philanthropic investments. Together, we have unstoppable momentum.
The UF Health Cancer Center Leadership Council plays a critical role for the center by increasing public awareness of its mission. Made up of approximately 20 volunteers from the local community, as well as Sarasota and Orlando, in addition to foundations that support the UFHCC such as Climb for Cancer, Stop Children’s Cancer and the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, the members of UFHCC Leadership Council are advocates for the center, hosting events and providing opportunities for faculty to interact with the public. In raising awareness, the council’s mission dovetails with the UF Health Cancer Center Office of Development’s efforts to secure philanthropic support through excellent service and stewardship to donors, patients and the entire community.
Patient and Family Advisory Council
To ensure patient- and family-centered care, the UF Health Cancer Center relies on the input of its Patient and Family Advisory Council, a volunteer group of individuals whose lives have all been touched by cancer. Partnering with physicians and staff, the council helps improve the patient experience at UF Health by providing feedback in a number of key areas.
In October, residents enjoyed a dachshund-only race, an all-breeds costume contest and trail dog walk in this second annual event at Westside Park. All proceeds went to the Climb for Cancer Foundation, a local nonprofit that supports cancer patients and their families at UF Health.
In 2017, more than 500 staff members, 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 $20,000.
Pink Pumpkin Pedal Off
This annual charity bike ride in Gainesville raises money to support research at UF Health related to treatment-resistant breast cancers. The event was cofounded in 2010 by Barb Wills, who at age 7 lost her mother to breast cancer.
Cops Against Cancer Trail Rides
Community members saddled up for the sixth annual Cops Against Cancer Trail Ride, hosted by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at San Felasco Hammock State Park. Proceeds benefited the Climb for Cancer Foundation, supporting UF Health cancer patients and their families.
Link to Pink Gymnastics Meet
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.
Panera Goes Pink
During the annual Panera Goes Pink fundraising event, a portion of October bagel sales from Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages goes toward the UF Health Cancer Center Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
Tea for a Cure
In May, Survivors for Research, a local nonprofit, hosted Tea for a Cure, a fundraising event that benefits triple-negative breast cancer research. Guests enjoyed tea as well as a “best hat” competition.
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
In March, the UF Health Cancer Center celebrated Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month with an event in the UF Health Shands Hospital atrium that featured a giant inflatable colon, the da Vinci surgical robot and information on screening and treatment options.
Ante Up Against Cancer
The first annual Ante Up Against Cancer poker tournament at the Cardroom at Oxford Downs in Summerfield featured live music, food and drink. The event benefited the UF Health Cancer Center.
“Cheers to the New Year” Party
In January, UF Health Cancer Center faculty and staff gathered in the UF Cancer and Genetics Research Complex atrium to celebrate the center’s myriad achievements in 2017 and to toast to the opportunities and successes of the coming year.