At the UF Health Cancer Center, teamwork is at the center of everything we do. Our patients have a team of providers and caregivers in their corner, helping them through every step of their cancer battle. The UF Heath Cancer Center Office of Development has a team in its corner as well — our robust network of community partners who have joined the fight against cancer:
Climb for Cancer Foundation
The Climb for Cancer Foundation was founded in 2003 by Ron and Dianne Farb, following Ron’s sister’s breast cancer diagnosis. Today, this nonprofit organizes group climbs around the world, on summits such as Mt. Kilimanjaro and some a bit closer to home. Climb for Cancer primarily raises funds for patient-focused initiatives at UF Health. To date, Climb for Cancer has raised more than $1.8 million while helping donors enjoy adventurous excursions.
Ocala Royal Dames
The Ocala Royal Dames’ mission is to support educational programs and activities that promote, enhance and further cancer research and education on a local and regional level. Comprising more than 240 women from the local community, the Dames host a number of events throughout the year to fund their philanthropic mission, including the Tiara Ball. To date, the Dames have provided more than $1.5 million in research support to UF, as well as support for continuing medical education for residents and clinicians.
Stop Children’s Cancer
Founded in 1981 by Howard and Laurel Freeman, Stop Children’s Cancer began as the vision of their daughter, Bonnie, to raise $1 million to end children’s cancer. Forty-one years and almost $8 million later, Stop Children’s Cancer has been an integral part of bringing clinical trials to the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the UF Health Cancer Center.