Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida

Are you or someone you care about in need of a cancer support group, transportation for medical treatments or financial assistance with prescription drugs? Locate resources for these needs and more on the recently launched website The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida is a public service of North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative (NCFCCC), WellFlorida Council and the Florida Department of Health Cancer Control Program.

The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida, compiled by WellFlorida and NCFCCC, includes support groups, community and caregiver resources, financial support services and tobacco cessation activities throughout  the region. The website also links viewers to national organizations and their websites. The online guide lists a wide range of cancer-related resources: summer camps for children with cancer; sources for breast prosthesis and wigs; and medical assistance for individuals who are uninsured or under-insured, including low cost/no cost mammograms.

Through workshops, successful grant applications, regional cancer data and communications tools (such as The Cancer Resource Guide and The Cancer Resource Blog), NCFCCC supports the region's cancer community with resources, networking opportunities and education. Oversight and leadership of NCFCCC is provided by WellFlorida. To learn more about NCFCCC, WellFlorida and The Cancer Resource Guide of North Central Florida, visit

Free Teleconference: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Living Beyond Breast Cancer is hosting a two-part free teleconference:

Part one is on Monday, October 8, noon to 1 p.m. (EDT). Dr. Hope Rugo of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center will discuss medical updates.

Part two is on October 22, noon to 1 p.m. Topic: "Emotional Impact" by Dr. Wendy Lichtenthal of Weill Cornell Medical College.

Register for part one by October 1 and part two by October 15 online at or by calling 610-645-4567.

CEU credits are available for licensed social workers.

Men's Health and Manpower Expo

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
8 a.m. to 2 p.m
Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center
128 Northeast 14th Street
Gainesville, FL 32601-4612

Free Breakfast and Refreshments, Door Prizes, Gifts
Free Consultation with Experts
Free Health Screenings

Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., followed by educational workshops where you can meet experts and discuss the latest advances in prevention and early detection of cancers that affect minority communities, like prostate, GI/colorectal, oral and pharyngeal cancer.

For more information, contact:
Shannon Pressey, MS
Coordinator, Annual Men's Health Expo
University of Florida
Phone: 727-394-6089

Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off 2012

Go Pink for the Cure!
UF & Shands invite you to participate in the charity bicycle ride to support treatment-resistant breast cancer research.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:00 am
UF Cancer & Genetics Research Complex (Archer Rd and Gale Lemerand Dr)
Please register or donate at or call 352-273-5718

After the ride, decorate a pink pumpkin at the Pink Pumpkin Fest! Kids under 12 can ride for free in the Pee Wee Pedal-Off and compete for prizes in the bike-decorating contest. No registration needed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Go PINK for the Cure!

A new charity bike ride, the “Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off,” is set for Saturday, October 13, at 8 a.m. The event will raise money for treatment-resistant breast cancer research at the University of Florida and Shands.

The “Pedal-Off” kicks off at the UF Cancer and Genetics Research Complex (near the intersection of Archer Road and Gale Lemerand Drive). Cyclists may choose between 20-, 40- and 55-mile routes traversing the UF campus, Gainesville’s historic southeast district, local lakes and habitats and the Gainesville Hawthorne Trail. Proceeds go directly to the CSCRB (Collaboration of Scientists for Critical Research in Biomedicine) to fund important research against aggressive treatment-resistant breast cancers that account for 25% of all breast cancer deaths.

The CSCRB ( has already contributed more than $50,000 to UF & Shands to fund this research, primarily through proceeds from previous “NuNu 5K” races and the Pink Ribbon Cycling Jersey (

The “Pedal-Off” is part of UF & Shands’ annual community outreach event called the “Pink Pumpkin Fest”. This free festival raises awareness about breast cancer and about the many cancer care services available through UF & Shands. Participants may pick a pink pumpkin from the “patch” and decorate it to honor a loved one affected by breast cancer. There will be music and vendor booths on hand as well as a “Pee Wee Pedal-Off” for children ages 12 and under. Kids can decorate their bikes, ride in the Pee Wee Parade and compete for prizes.

Cyclists may register for the “Pedal-Off” via The $35 registration fee covers a specially designed Dri-Fit shirt, goody bag, fully supported rest stops and on-course sag support, lunch, and a commemorative pink pumpkin! For information, contact Gainesville Cycling Club members/”Pedal-Off” founders Barb Thomas and Barb Wills at or or visit “Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off” on Facebook.