MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott was joined by Dr. Donna Shalala, President of the University of Miami, at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to support a proposed $80 million investment for cancer research funding in Florida as part of the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.” The Governor’s proposed budget includes $60 million for existing Florida Cancer Centers to assist in achieving National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, and another $20 million commitment for peer-reviewed research grants.
Governor Scott said, “I was proud to join the University of Miami Health System at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to highlight the importance of investing to make Florida the number one state for cancer research. Families all across Florida have been affected by cancer, and we must remain focused on providing all families with access to world class treatment. I would like to thank Dr. Shalala and her team for working to find a cure for this terrible disease.”
University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala attended the event and thanked the Governor for his support. “Enhancing cancer research is the right thing to do for the people of Florida,” she said. “Ultimately, it saves lives and improves our care for cancer patients. The University of Miami is grateful to have Governor Scott’s valuable support on this front.”
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center said, “We are constantly striving to develop more effective therapies to fight cancer and ways to prevent it. The breakthroughs we are making are made possible by the incredible expertise and dedication of our physician-scientists and our ongoing investment of resources. With Governor Scott in Sylvester’s corner, we will strive to make more lifesaving discoveries, as we advance towards our goal of achieving NCI designation.”
State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said, “Governor Scott has put Florida on the offense to beat cancer for children, adults and families. By helping to establish a statewide network of National Cancer Institute designated centers, the ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget’ makes Florida a national leader in treatment and research.”
Governor Scott’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” provides designated funding that will help Florida’s Cancer Centers meet the rigorous scientific and research criteria required for the NCI designation. NCI-designated Cancer Centers provide the latest in medical discoveries to patients, serve the educational needs of health professionals and promote health equity throughout communities. This funding will further enhance Florida’s robust system for cancer research and collaboration which already includes projects funded by the peer-reviewed William G. “Bill” Bankhead, Jr. and David Coley Cancer Research Program, and the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, both which were established by the Florida Legislature.