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Moffitt Day 2017: Volunteers heading to Tallahassee to pitch cancer research legislation

Posted at 7:21 AM, Feb 07, 2017

On Tuesday, cancer researchers, doctors, and patients will converge at the state Capitol to keep the disease a top priority for state legislators.

It’s all part of the 12th Annual Moffitt Day, organized by the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Without state funding, the center cannot continue to make strides in research and treatment. The main goal of the trip is to make sure getting funding is a top priority in Tallahassee.

Organizers tell us this year will be very productive as top physicians and researchers have scheduled face to face meetings with lawmakers to explain where funding has been going and where it will continue to go.

They will also have patients with them who are living, breathing success stories.

“I’m a survivor and I wouldn’t be here without the funding for the hospital,” Robert Shannon told us as he boarded the bus early Tuesday morning.

For Edward Cutler, this day marked three and half years since he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, after being told he had less than a year to live.

“I’ve written so many emails and phone calls to legislatures and I think it goes in one ear and comes out the other, but face to face I think it makes a big difference, I hope it does,”  Cutler said.

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