Proceeds with a purpose: Local fundraising benefits breast cancer research

Published: January 23rd, 2017

Category: Homepage Feature

In the last month, the UF Health Cancer Center has been presented with checks from two organizations representing donations made to breast cancer research.

Last week, Vikki Kaiser, director of marketing and public relations, and executive marketing assistant Moriah Overcash of Panera Bread stopped by to present a check for $3,936, the amount raised by proceeds from the annual Panera Goes Pink fundraising event, to Dr. Jonathan Licht, the director of the UF Health Cancer Center.

Money was raised throughout the month of October with a portion of all Pink Ribbon bagel purchases from Gainesville, Ocala, and The Villages locations going to the UF Health Cancer Center’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. On Oct. 14th, 100 percent of the #Pink Ribbon bagel purchases went to this cause.

Left to Right: Kelley Adamec, Senior Development Associate of Annual Giving at UF Health, Donna Crippen, volunteer, Dr. Jonathan Licht, Director of the UF Health Cancer Center, Vikki Kaiser, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Panera Bread , Moriah Overcash, Executive Marketing Assistant for Panera Bread and Jessica Clayton, Development Coordinator of Community Events at UF Health.

Last month, Barb Thomas and Terry Weber, breast cancer survivors and co-founders of the newly formed Survivors for Research, a local nonprofit organization, presented a check for $15,000 to support triple-negative breast cancer research at the University of Florida Health Cancer Center.

Survivors for Research founders Barb Thomas and Terry Weber are breast cancer survivors who are passionate about helping others fight the disease. The women raised money through donations and hosted events, such as a tea party fundraiser.

“That’s really what we’re all about, is to help fund the research to find better treatment, and I don’t say the cure,” Thomas told the Independent Florida Alligator.

Barb Thomas and Terry Weber, co-founders of Survivors for Research

Survivors for Research presenting their yearly donation to Dr. Jonothan Licht, Director of the Cancer Center, and a group of breast cancer researchers.