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Florida Panthers Announce Partnership with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today that the Club has partnered with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, for Hockey Fights Cancer.

On Oct. 22, the partnership will kick off with the Viktor E. Dash 5k Race at the BB&T Center where fans can sign up to help support the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative. A portion of the registration fees will go towards the Florida Panthers Foundation. Those interested can click HERE or visit www.active.com to register or to find out more information.

“We are very excited to welcome Sylvester to the Florida Panthers family,” said Panthers Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Greg Rieber. “The NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer platform continues to be an important and significant initiative for the Panthers organization, and we strongly believe that partnering with one of the premier research institutions like Sylvester will only generate further awareness throughout South Florida.”

The month of November will be dedicated to raising awareness and funds for cancer research. As part of this new partnership, Sylvester will be featured during four games at the BB&T Center along with the Viktor E. Dash Race in October. The four games include Nov. 1 vs. Boston (Cancer Research Awareness Night), Nov. 3 vs. New Jersey (Women’s Cancer Awareness Night), Nov. 7 vs. Tampa Bay (Rare Cancer Awareness Night) and Nov. 12 vs. NY Islanders (Survivors Night).

“The team of more than 250 cancer researchers and physicians at Sylvester is thrilled to join the Florida Panthers as their official Hockey Fights Cancer partner,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester. “The team’s passion and commitment to winning mirrors our daily efforts to discover and develop new, innovative treatments for cancer that lead to better outcomes and more hope for patients in South Florida and beyond. Throughout the initiative, we look forward to engaging with their loyal fan base to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research in our community.”

About Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is among the nation’s leading cancer centers and South Florida's only Cancer Center of Excellence. A 2015 study by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that cancer patients treated at Sylvester have a 10 percent higher chance of survival than those treated at nearly any other cancer center in the nation. With the combined strength of more than 120 cancer researchers and 130 cancer specialists, Sylvester discovers, develops and delivers more targeted therapies, providing the next generation of cancer clinical care – precision cancer medicine – to each patient. Our comprehensive diagnostics, coupled with teams of scientific and clinical experts who specialize in just one type of cancer, enable us to better understand each patient’s individual cancer and develop treatments that target the cells and genes driving the cancer's growth and survival, leading to better outcomes. At Sylvester, patients have access to more treatment options and more cancer clinical trials than most hospitals in the southeastern United States. To better serve current and future patients, Sylvester has a network of conveniently located outpatient treatment facilities in Miami, Kendall, Hollywood, Plantation, Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs, with plans to open in Coral Gables in 2016. For more information, visit sylvester.org.

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