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Published on : Saturday, February 6, 2016
In honor of World Cancer Day, Miami International Airport and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, partnered together to host free head and neck cancer screenings and consultations for more than 85 airport employees on February 4. To gain more attention about the life-threatening disease, Sylvester also erected a six-foot-tall Wishing Tree inside MIA’s North Terminal near Gate D-19, where passengers and employees could hang messages of encouragement for family and friends affected by cancer.
“Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a colleague, nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “We are proud to partner with the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in this effort to heighten awareness among our passengers and provide this valuable service to our employees.”
“Sylvester’s team of head and neck cancer experts were pleased to provide on-site screenings for employees of Miami International Airport,” said W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Sylvester. “Part of our mission to reduce the burden of cancer in our community involves building awareness and sharing the importance of early detection. We were happy to have the opportunity to serve this group.”
World Cancer Day, which takes place every year on February 4, is designed to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by increasing consciousness and education about the disease.
Since its inception as a dedicated, comprehensive cancer center, then significantly supported by a naming gift from the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has been the cancer brand for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. As the only university-based cancer center in South Florida, Sylvester has transformed cancer research and treatment in South Florida and beyond.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices.