Philanthropy is personal, proactive, practical and most of all … powerful. Your support of the UF Shands Cancer Center advances research and quality, innovative care that impacts patients’ lives now. Now is the time we can make a lifesaving, life-changing difference in the war on cancer, as never before, through philanthropic gifts — large and small — that move exciting discoveries from the lab to the patient. We all know someone whose life has been cut short or dramatically affected by cancer. Your gift to the UF Shands Cancer Center directly supports the most promising research and improvements in patient care without significant overhead costs. Please let me know if I can be of assistance with giving opportunities and tax-wise giving methods. Information on specific funds is available on our website at at “Make a Gift.”  Thank you for helping us provide exceptional experiences and outcomes for patients and families.


Denise Stobbie
Development Director

Gifts to benefit UF Shands Cancer Center are tax-deductible and can be made online at or by check payable to UF Foundation designated for “Cancer Center,” P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL, 32604.

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Winter 2012

Paul Okunieff, M.D

From the director’s desk

“Sometimes you have to balk at convention to cure cancer.”

Dr. Chris Cogle and Kim White

The battle on blood cancers

Chris Cogle, M.D., and his pals are playing a game of hide and seek, trying to outwit their crafty competitors who know all the good places to hide.

Patricia Beiter, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, received a bone marrow transplant using stem cells collected from umbilical cord blood at Shands at UF

UF’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit succeeding through research and team care

At 68, Patricia Beiter still ran three miles a day, biked and swam and had just earned her teaching degree. But a routine blood test revealed a problem. Beiter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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