Climb for a Cure

Ron Farb (at right) and former Gator James Smith celebrate their summit of Aconcagua in Argentina.

Veteran mountain climber Ron Farb of Gainesville scaled the 22,841-foot Andean summit of Aconcagua in Argentina with his team, including former Gator james Smith, earlier this year to raise funds to fight cancer. Since 2002, Farb’s Climb for Cancer foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer-related programs and services at UF and Shands. Among the many programs the groups supports is “Harriett’s Helping Hand,” which assists patients and their families with the cost of parking, food and transportation.

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fall 2010

From the Director’s Desk

We want to cure cancer. We want to catch it early if we can. But even if we can’t, we want to cure it anyway. Here at the University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, we are committed to finding innovative ways to treat this disease, and ultimately, cure it.

Changing the Way Cancer is Treated

The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville has delivered more than 73,000 treatments to more than 2,200 patients, placing it among the top 10 proton therapy centers in the world.

A Healing Space

Perched on a bed in a room overlooking Paynes Prairie, Teresa Hughes adjusts the fuzzy brown cap she’s wearing and recalls the day in June when she couldn’t ignore how sick she felt anymore.

Babies?

Preserving fertility is a complicated issue for young cancer patients. It’s a question a 28-year-old woman might ask her doctor after learning she has been diagnosed with cancer. But a 13-year-old girl?

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