Moffitt Stories

One Physician's Cancer Journey Leads to Gratitude and Generosity
Dr. Stacey Fink and Karen Ketner-Fink

For 20 years, neonatologist Dr. Stacey Fink poured his heart and medical skills into healing premature and sick newborns. In 2008, the doctor became the patient. Stacey was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system that causes tumors to develop from white blood cells. More

Meet Ken

Cancer has turned and twisted Ken's life in many ways. At age 59, it attacked him directly in the form of stage 4 tongue cancer. Not long after that, his wife, Marlys, who never left his side during the tough days of radiation and chemotherapy, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. More

Don't Call Gail Porter a Cancer Patient

"I'm alive. I love my life," exudes Gail Porter, a 66-year-old retired teacher. "I'm not a cancer patient. I'm a person with cancer. I'm able to live with it, not exist with it." The journey from devastating diagnosis to conquering spirit is a triumph for Gail. It's also a triumph for Moffitt Cancer Center's decades of cancer research. With painstaking scrutiny, Moffitt scientists have sought to understand why healthy cells unleash uncontrollable growth.  More

Estate Gifts Lead to Early Detection for Amy

Amy Gillis lights up over her experience with Moffitt Cancer Center. Literally. Last Christmas Eve as Amy and her family attended church services, her daughter noticed a green light beneath her mother's blouse. The two women dissolved in laughter as they realized Amy's medication patch had switched on and was twinkling like lights on the Christmas tree.  More

A Final 'Honey-Do' Request: Give Back

Bruce Mackey, 82, is the first to admit he's been blessed with a wonderful life. A successful insurance career provided Bruce and his wife with a near-dream retirement in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Golf, tennis, amateur acting and piloting their private plane kept the couple on the go.  More

A Generous Heart Works to Make a Difference

Impressed by the support and care her family received, along with a desire to support its state-of-the-art cancer research, the Porters were inspired to join the fight against cancer by including Moffitt in their estate plan.  More

Positive First Impression Inspires Lifelong Support

Ed Tutun, who will be 90 years old in January, has been donating to Moffitt Cancer Center since it opened in 1986. He recently made a lasting commitment by adding several gifts to his estate plan that will benefit Moffitt.  More

The Hartzogs Find a Miracle at Moffitt

Peggy Hartzog, Moffitt Cancer Center patient and donor, tells her story with compassion, strength, humor and a grateful perspective on life - all qualities that prove Peggy is a true fighter.  More

Healing Care That Extends Beyond Medicine 

Linda Lombana considered herself to be extremely blessed when she finished her lifesaving treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center.  More

Honoring Her Perfect Partner in Dancing and Life

At first, they were simply looking for someone with whom they could dance the night away. But the carefully choreographed steps proved to be a doorway to a lifetime of happiness and incomparable love.  More

When She Faced Uncertainty, Moffitt Was There for Her

Last summer Linda Cinnamon underwent what she thought would be routine laparoscopic surgery to remove her gallbladder. Both Linda and her surgeon were shocked to discover that she had gallbladder cancer, an extremely rare cancer that affects only 7,000 people in the U.S. every year.  More