Executive Director Message - September 2022

Patients and their loved ones tell us that having a supportive community has a profound effect on how they cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment. We strive to have opportunities for patients to interact safely in the lobby before treatment and at facilitated group meetings.

From Prostate Cancer Treatment to the Pickle Ball Court

Proton Therapy Helps Eddie Watts Stay Active
Eddie Watts is just on the other side of his prostate cancer treatment and is joyful to have found proton therapy. He is continuing the next leg of his journey through life where his friends will often find him on the golf course or in a heated pickle ball match.

Patient Ambassador Advocates Prostate Cancer Awareness and Screening

Patient alum and ambassador Lee Moultrie III is on a mission to spread the word about prostate cancer and proton therapy. He was featured recently in an article in The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C.

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

A Vocation Found – a Parent’s Path from Caregiver to Pediatrician

For tween-ager Ryleigh Imrisek and her family, relocating in 2019 to Jacksonville, Fla., was like coming full circle.

In Memoriam – Ruby Henderson

It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that Ruby Henderson passed away. She was our first volunteer, starting a mere seven months after we treated our first patient.


Community Calendar

Mark your calendar and join us when we are in a town near you or online.

For patient events at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, Go to For Patients & Families for details.

Pink Ribbon Symposium – Updates in Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer (*Note Date Change to Oct 8th)
Saturday, October 08, 2022 @ 9am - 1pm

Free Community Event & Educational Sessions

Thrasher-Horne Conference Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065

The 15thAnnual Pink Ribbon Symposium is a free community event to promote breast cancer awareness, support breast cancer survivors and provide information on making healthy lifestyle choices. This event includes presentations by local healthcare professionals including a discussion of updates in radiation treatment options for breast cancer. Drop by for one talk, browse the exhibit tables or stay for the whole event. No registration required. Symposium Details may be found at: https://pinkribbonsymposium.org/events/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1181059419329067.

For More Info: Contact Christina Mershell at (904) 831-4034 or education@floridaproton.org.

C.A.R.E. EXPO – Cancer Assistance Resources and Expertise
Saturday, October 15, 2022 @ 10am - 2pm

Free Community Event

Riverfront Plaza (Former site of The Jacksonville Landing), 2 W. Independent Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Cancer specialists from UF Health Jacksonville will join community organizations at this half-day enrichment event for all interested residents. Visit our area to ask questions, gain knowledge and connect with community members who can support you or your loved one on their cancer journey. 

For More Info: Contact Christina Mershell at (904) 831-4034 or education@floridaproton.org.

American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the First Coast – 5K Walk
Saturday, October 22, 2022 @ 8 - 11am

Jaguars Stadium, TIAA Bank Field-East Club Plaza, 1 TIAA Field Drive, Jacksonville, FL

Join UF Health Proton Therapy Institute employees as we walk 3.1 miles to honor patients, caregivers, family & friends affected by breast cancer. We will also have a table to share info about the benefits of proton therapy for breast cancer! Enjoy family activities before & after the walk at the TIAA Field! Registration begins at 8:00 am and the walk begins at 9:00 am. Join our team by August 31st AND donate at least $25, and you will receive a Free “No One Fights Alone” pink t-shirt!

Register to join our team, Proton’s Pink Warriors: Click to Join our Team  

For more info or help  registering, contact Team Leader, Christina Mershell at (904) 831-4034 or education@floridaproton.org.

Free Prostate Cancer Patient and Caregiver Live Patient Conference – Cancer ABC’s: Surviving to Thriving
Saturday, November 05, 2022 @ 9am - 4pm

Radiation Treatment Options Panel Discussion
Presented by: Romaine Charles Nichols, Jr., MD and other specialists

The Brownwood Hotel and Spa
3003 Brownwood Boulevard, The Villages, FL 32163

Join us at this free conference put together by Cancer ABC’s. Dr. Nichols from UF Health Proton Therapy Institute will be a part of the panel discussing radiation treatment options for prostate cancer. This conference is coordinated by nationally known advocates who have been patients & caregivers themselves. Don't miss this chance to interact with, and learn from both local and national experts. Sessions will include over a dozen different subjects, moderated Q&A, and handouts. There will be something for everyone - from the newly diagnosed, to advanced prostate cancer, caregivers, and more.

Registration required for this free conference. To find out more and to register: Prostate Cancer ABCs - a FREE Conference 

For More Info: Contact Christina Mershell at (904) 831-4034 or education@floridaproton.org.

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About This Newsletter

The Precision Newsletter is an electronic-only publication that is distributed by email. Each issue is sent monthly to patients, alumni patients and friends of the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute. As the official newsletter of the Institute, the content is compiled and prepared by our communications

representative and approved by the editor Stuart Klein, executive director of UF Health Proton Therapy Institute. Special bulletin newsletters may occasionally be prepared when timely topics and new developments in proton therapy occur. If you would like to send a Letter to the Editor, please click here.