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Moffitt Momentum

MOFFITT MOMENTUM® magazine shares portraits of hope, innovation and triumph, all leading to the same end: beating cancer.

Volume 5; Issue 1

In this issue Art, a Green Beret, says facing cancer was harder than his most taxing military experience. Fortunately, he received a bone marrow transplant at Moffitt because of our partnership with USSOCOM. Betty, another transplant recipient, can see Moffitt’s Dr. Fernandez and receive treatment near her South Florida home because of a partnership with Memorial Healthcare System in Pembroke Pines. Tampa attorney Jeff Pearson promotes prevention and early detection because the Mole Patrol® team helped save his life at a Spring Swing® partnership event. Moffitt’s academic partnership with Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico aims to improve cancer outcomes in the Hispanic/Latino population. These stories and more showcase how partnerships are helping us make an impact against cancer.


Volume 4; Issue 2

This issue describes how Moffitt’s Integrated Mathematical Oncology faculty members use adaptive therapy to help keep cancer in check. You read how Moffitt’s chaplains quietly and effectively work behind the scenes, tending to matters of the spirit and soul. Board member and community leader Valerie Goddard reveals why she is so passionate to represent Moffitt. Our researchers are collaborating on a global scale to find answers that will lead to cancer cures and better ways to eliminate cancer health disparities. Moffitt physician-scientists are learning more about how the collection of microbes (bacteria, viruses and fungi) can affect our immune system and response to cancer treatment.


Volume 4; Issue 1

In this issue Dr. Jeff Backer, an Orlando emergency room doctor, shares an immune therapy called CAR T that genetically reprogramed his immune system, brought hope and healing. The black/African American community continues to face higher cancer rates and cancer deaths. The George Edgecomb Society, a new fundraising initiative at Moffitt, aims to keep H. Lee Moffitt’s legacy alive by ensuring equitable health outcomes and the elimination of cancer health disparities among blacks and African Americans. Survivor Corrina Coutant tells of the positive difference Moffitt’s Adolescent & Young Adult Program made during her care and recovery. Also included are more portrait features of survival, innovation and hope.


Moffitt Momentum Volume 3; Issue 1

Volume 3; Issue 2:

As we commemorate Moffitt’s 30-year anniversary, we invite you to read about the vision and courage of our founder, H. Lee Moffitt. Dr. Julie Djeu, Moffitt’s first researcher, Lori Fox, one of Moffitt’s first registered nurses, and surgeon Dr. Julio Pow- Sang, who has been with Moffitt since the early years, tell us what brought them to Moffitt and what keeps them here. Former Gov. Bob Martinez describes changes that have taken place in Tampa and why Moffitt plays a key role in growing Tampa Bay. Les Miller conveys why, for him, the battle against cancer is personal. And Ted Couch, the man behind Moffitt’s first endowed research chair, shares his philosophy. This issue contains more firsthand accounts from people whose courage has sustained us in our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.


Momentum Volume 3 Issue 1

Volume 3; Issue 1:

This issue highlights individuals who are an integral part of Moffitt’s Community of Courage. Margarita Romo started Farmworkers Self-Help so that Florida’s migrant workers could have access to health care. The agency was among the first to partner with the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network. You will meet Dr. Christine Chung, who sees patients with difficult-to-treat head and neck cancers. Amanda Ramos describes her diagnosis of a rare sarcoma and subsequent recovery, with the help of physicians Dr. Jacob Scott and Dr. Odion Binitie. The magazine highlights other physician-scientists at work to develop new, better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.


Moffitt Momentum Vol 2 Issue 2

Volume 2; Issue 2:

An overview of Moffitt’s cancer prevention initiatives are described in a special insert included with this issue. Dr. Anna Giuliano is navigating the link between infection and cancer, specifically leading Moffitt’s HPV vaccine research efforts. Richard Gonzmart’s support of our community and his efforts to promote prostate cancer screening illustrate how one person makes a difference. Patient advisor Paul Lombardi tells how the new Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center was designed with the patient in mind. Also, you will meet Moffitt’s Joel Stettler, R.N., one of our nurses who helped the cancer center achieve the Magnet nursing designation – and more individuals dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer.


Volume 2; Issue 1:

In this issue, Sheryl Anderman shares her journey and says she is alive today because of research and modern therapy. Dr. Brian Rivers describes his work among African-American men at risk for prostate cancer. Myeloma survivor Jerry Mulvey bikes hundreds of miles for charity and volunteers at Moffitt with his wife, Trudy. Also included are more portrait features of survival, innovation and hope.



Volume 1; Issue 2:

Phil Jones, former CBS news correspondent, Moffitt Board of Advisor and cancer survivor, shares how at age 75 he received a bone marrow transplant from a U.S. Navy lieutenant. Also featured are advocates Evan Longoria and Brooke Bennett, along with sarcoma survivor Leon Leonel – and Moffitt’s own Vikki Pinkos, RN, Javier Torres-Roca, MD, and Mark Lloyd.  


Volume 1; Issue 1:

The premiere issue features Bob Griese, Hall of Fame quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and chair, Moffitt Board of Advisors. Other stories highlight neuro-oncology physician-scientist Dr. Peter Forsyth, research scientist Dr. Lori Hazlehurst, M-Power's Myriam Escobar, who was honored at the White House for prevention and public health - and more.