Lazydays RV SuperCenter President and CEO Don Wallace and his wife, Erika, have given a $5 million gift the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., the largest gift ever to a single clinical or research program at the cancer center.
“The Wallace’s history-making gift will help enable our doctors and researchers to provide the highest level of care possible to breast cancer patients throughout Florida,” says William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., Moffitt’s Center Director and CEO. “Moffitt already is known for surgical, technological and clinical innovations, and this gift will allow us to achieve ever higher levels of serving cancer patients throughout Florida and the world.”
“We’re blessed to be able to make this gift to Moffitt, and we hope this gift and the announcement of it will raise awareness about Moffitt’s breast cancer program and the capital campaign currently under way,” Don Wallace said.
The gift is a contribution to Moffitt’s $87 million “Today the Tower, Tomorrow the Cure” capital campaign. The Wallaces are chairing the “Awareness Phase” of the campaign, which supports the translational research made possible by the construction of buildings devoted to research as well as to cancer care. Translational research involves putting laboratory discoveries to practical use quickly in the realm of patient care, and Moffitt’s Tower Project represents one of the most important endeavors ever undertaken in the fight against cancer.
Don and Erika Wallace are devoted to philanthropy and improving the Tampa community in which they live. Lazydays is located in suburban Tampa.
They provide enthusiastic support to a wide range of other Tampa area organizations — from children’s charities to the arts. Don currently serves on eight charitable boards including the Moffitt Foundation’s Board of Directors and Erika serves on the boards of The Spring, a domestic violence shelter and ChairScholars, a scholarship program for disabled students.
In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt, located at the University of South Florida, the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, cancer prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.