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! Although Gainesville is a small community, we have incredibly passionate advocates and committed volunteers helping our Cancer Center.
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 Kilimanjaro to raise funds for patient-focused initiatives at UF Health. To date, Climb for Cancer has raised more $1.5 million.
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.
Power of 2
Every year, Power of 2 hosts the annual Pink Pumpkin Pedal Off to fund research on triple negative breast cancer. The Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off began in 2010 as the “Pink Ribbon Ride,” organized by Barb Wills, in honor of her mother, Susanna Wills, who lost her battle with breast cancer when Barb was a young girl. In 2011, Barb Thomas, a local breast cancer survivor joined the team to develop the Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off. The 2017 ride was a record breaker, with more than 420 registered riders raising $20,000 to be awarded to the UF Health Cancer Center. Since its inception, the annual ride has raised $135,000 for breast cancer research.
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. Thirty-seven years and almost $6 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.
Survivors for Research
Founded in 2016 by Barb Thomas and Terry Weber, both breast cancer survivors, the primary mission of Survivors for Research is to raise funds to provide opportunities for research, education, and service to enhance the lives of those affected by triple negative breast cancer. Through events such as their annual Tea for a Cure and Party on the Patio, Survivors for Research has invested $20,000 in cancer research at the UF Health Cancer Center.