Support Sylvester: Call or Email Governor Rick Scott

Florida Governor Rick Scott holds the key to ensuring that $7.5 million in state funding is allocated to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – funds that will be essential to continue growing Sylvester into a world-class cancer center for our community.

Thanks to the persistence of advocates, this important appropriation was included in the budget recently adopted by the Florida Legislature. The Governor’s action in the coming days will be critical in determining whether or not Florida takes an important step toward tackling cancer.

Show your support for Sylvester by contacting Governor Rick Scott at 850-488-7146 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

When you call, ask him to please approve the state funding in the budget for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, because our community deserves a world-class cancer center, which also serves as a medical destination throughout Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Once you have contacted Governor Scott, please email Jacqueline Fernandez, government relations coordinator, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to keep us informed on this advocacy effort.

Why this funding is critical:

  • If secured, the funds will be used for continued cancer research and the recruitment of additional scientists and clinical researchers to augment existing research programs and meet critical clinical needs in preparation for resubmission of a National Cancer Institute designation.
  • Sylvester recently appointed Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., an internationally known leukemia and stem cell transplant researcher and clinician, as its new director
  • Nimer plans to develop and expand a number of services at Sylvester, including programs for breast, lung, and prostate cancers and hematological malignancies, among others.
  • He also plans to recruit more than 30 new scientists and physicians, develop key core facilities, and expand clinical and laboratory research capabilities.

How gaining a second NCI-designated cancer center will boost Florida’s economy:

  • An independent economic study by The Washington Economic Group has demonstrated that with NCI designation, Sylvester is expected to support 14,138 jobs and its economic impact is projected to be $ 1.7 billion by the year 2020. These impacts are significant, with estimates showing that the center’s total economic impact has the potential to double.
  • With this NCI designation, Sylvester could draw a larger pool of top-tier cancer physicians and researchers and their teams, which would provide Florida residents with more cutting-edge cancer treatment options.
  • By expanding its research campus, Sylvester will be investing in the economy by creating new, high-wage jobs.
  • The new designation would boost Sylvester’s research capabilities, bolstering its reputation and ability to attract additional private dollars.
  • The South Florida economy would also benefit from the influx of patients from across the state, as well as the Caribbean and Central and South America.
  • As an NCI designated center, Sylvester would have the ability to leverage and receive federal funding as well as obtain greater access to research grants – with each dollar invested in the region, resulting in economic benefits.

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