The Growing Need for Cancer Care

Published: November 8th, 2011

Category: Patient Stories

Mary Ellen Bentham, pictured during the mid-90s when she was receiving breast-cancer treatment at Shands at UF and pictured today.

“I am excited about the groundbreaking treatments the Shands at UF Cancer Hospital will bring, but I know something as important as this cannot be accomplished without the generosity of others.  Raising Hope is something we can all participate in so the best health care will be available for our patients now and in the future. This is an opportunity for us all to make a difference,” said Mary Ellen Bentham, a former breast cancer patient at Shands at UF Cancer Hospital.

Mary Ellen Bentham is celebrating 16 years of living cancer-free. She knows the importance of the Raising Hope Campaign. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, Bentham feels fortunate to now give back.

“I remember how it felt to be confused and anxious, and now, through this campaign, I am providing hope for those stricken with cancer.”

Bentham asks that you join her in the fight against cancer by giving to the Raising Hope Campaign to support the Shands at UF Cancer Hospital. This state-of-the-art facility opened in November 2009 and is speeding the pace of research and discovery in cancer treatment for our community and the world.

The Shands at UF Cancer Hospital  provides the compassionate care and clinical excellence our patients deserve while they battle this disease.