My connection to Moffitt began when my dad started treatments for colon cancer in 2000. He had already undergone years of chemo, radiation and surgery before arriving at Moffitt. Still, his tremendous positivity and strength was always apparent. This was our last shot at a win and Moffitt brought a glimmer of hope for our family.
Being 18 at the time, I didn’t know much about cancer or treatments, I only remember hoping that this would be the answer. My mom however recounts the tumor boards where Moffitt experts strategized to help him win the fight. She has shared how warm the nurses were during treatments and she recalls the hospital staff treating my dad with urgency and care when complications arouse from his treatments.
After taking part in multiple clinical trials, he sadly passed away in 2002 at the age of 48. Years later, I realize that this was not his end. My dad played a vital role in cancer research and giving others a chance at life. It is with great gratitude that I work at Moffitt Cancer Center today. As a member of the Foundation team, I feel astoundingly fortunate to be a part of an organization that is providing tremendous care to patients and at the same time working vigorously to develop the latest cancer treatments.
I work on behalf of not only my dad, but all those seeking a win in their battle against cancer, their loved ones searching for hope and those receiving treatments today. For me, Moffitt Cancer Center is more than a cancer hospital or a job, it is hope.