'Miles for Moffitt' road race fills streets near USF campus - WFLA News Channel 8

'Miles for Moffitt' road race fills streets near USF campus

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Thousands of runners took part in the Miles for Moffitt run on Saturday morning. Thousands of runners took part in the Miles for Moffitt run on Saturday morning.
All proceeds will benefit research at the medical facility. All proceeds will benefit research at the medical facility.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - A Bay area woman battling brain cancer was among 7,000 runners who took part in the 9th Annual PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt fundraising run on the University of South Florida campus Saturday morning.

Michelle Boyd DeJong finished the 5K and was overwhelmed by the amount of community support for the event.

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“We had about 300 runners [on our team] and I’m just one person,” explained the 27-year-old Seminole Heights resident. “We’re all fighters. I’m not usually at a loss for words but this is one of those days.”

With the love, support and assistance from her husband Ryan, Michelle’s team raised over $50,000 for Moffitt. Every member of her team sported specially designed ‘Fighter’ t-shirts, temporary tattoos and ‘Team Michelle’ bracelets.

How did the event get its start?

Susan Vadaparampil, a researcher at Moffitt, was awarded $25,000 in 2007 from a fundraising event called PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt. The money raised was used for genetic counseling for breast cancer patients.

All proceeds raised by Saturday’s event ends up at Moffitt.

"Every single cent raised during Miles for Moffitt goes to research,” Vadaparampil says. “My study is just one example of how Miles for Moffitt supports vital cancer research in the Tampa Bay area that can one day find a cure.”

Since 2006, Miles for Moffitt has raised nearly $1.5 million and funded 27 researchers and their cancer research programs at Moffitt, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.

With each mile and every supporter, 100 percent of the money raised through registration and donations funds finding a cure for cancer in the Tampa Bay area. Last year's race hosted 6,000 people who raised $346,000.

Miles for Moffitt offers an 8K (4.97 miles) Wheelchair, 8K, 5K (3.1 miles), 1-Mile Fun Run and the Run with Raymond Kids Dash. For those who can't attend the event, supporters can participate from the comfort of the couch as a virtual runner.

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