Congratulations CTAC Community

We are excited to inform you that together we raised over $1 million dollars for 30+ cancer institutions and organizations at CTAC 2019.

Please save the date of Saturday April 4th, 2020 for CTAC 2020, where we will again gather at Eloise Werlin Park to learn more from the programs we funded this year and welcome the CTAC Pioneering Physicians for 2020.

CTAC is…
A new paradigm in collaborative donor engagement, where leading cancer researchers from around the country interact directly with CTAC community members supporting their programs.
The Event is…
An opportunity for attendees to learn first-hand about the latest cancer research from the nine pioneering physicians leading the innovative effort, ask the doctors questions about their research and personally interact with the pioneering physicians.
The Venue is…
Surrounded by the beautiful Sarasota Bay at Eloise Werlin Park and sheltered by the renowned Ringling Bridge. The newly refurbished park is a place for adults and children to dream, play, and spend time together...


A New Model of Engagement

CTAC Circle

The 2019 CTAC event raised over $1,000,000 from over 200 participants – 100 % of which was passed directly through to 35 cancer treatment, support and research programs, including Johns Hopkins, Duke, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Cancer Institute, Moffitt, M.D. Anderson, U.N.C.-Lineberger and Sloan Kettering, to name just a few. Donors leveraged CTAC’s unique educational resources to make informed giving decisions and maximize the impact of their philanthropy with 100 % donation pass-through and the potential for matching funds awards. In 2018, four pioneering physician researchers were selected to engage closely with the CTAC community and in March of 2018, doctors from Moffitt, Duke, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Cancer Institute and Johns Hopkins joined CTAC supporters to present their research, engage with interested donors and answer their questions. At the 2019 CTAC event four new cancer research programs joined CTAC supporters to present their programs, while the 2018 CTAC physician inductees presented research updates. CTAC 2020 will see four new pioneering physicians join the CTAC Team. The CTAC Physician participation cycles serves a multiplicity of purposes:

  1. To educate donors and the community on advances in the fight against cancer;
  2. To facilitate direct engagement and participation between researchers and donors; and
  3. To provide a clear and actionable relationship between support and results.

The Event

CTAC is a fundraising event at Eloise Werlin Park to bring our philanthropic community together to share and experience education, inspiration, and the power of hope surrounding the current direction of cancer research, treatments, support and resources that are improving the lives and outcomes of those impacted by cancer today and in the future.

Known for making his visions reality, Doc brought together a team and came up with a spectacular idea – Coming Together Against Cancer (CTAC) – an event to celebrate the advances that have helped improve the lives of those who battle cancer.

Eloise And Doc Werlin

The Details

Saturday, April 4th, 2019 from 9AM – Noon at Eloise Werlin Park
920 John Ringling Causeway
Sarasota, FL 34236

This is a free event featuring finger foods provided by Jeremy Hammond-Chambers’ Innovative Dining Catering, a performance by the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, and a panel discussion and question session with four premier Oncologists. Parking – Marina Jacks North parking lot with shuttle service to and from the park provided.

To RSVP to this educational, inspiring, and one-of-a-kind event, please call 855.446.2822 or email –

2019 CTAC Pioneering Physicians

Paul Chomiak, MD
Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology,
Cancer Institute, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Health Care System

Dr. Paul Chomiak is a well-established thoracic oncology surgeon best known for utilizing state-of-the-art technologies dovetailed with innovative treatment options to maximize patients options for diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Chomiak is Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Cancer Institute.

Full Bio | Video

Paul Crispen, MD
Research Leader GU Disease Site Group
UF Health Cancer Center, University of Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Paul Crispen is an innovate urological surgeon and leading-edge researcher in the field of prostate cancer. He is committed to breakthrough research in the causes and amelioration of renal tumors and specifically bladder cancer. Dr. Crispen is U of F Health Cancer Center Scientific Review and Monitoring Committee Chair Department of Urology.

Full Bio | Video

Douglas Evans, MD
Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor & Chair, Department of Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Douglas Evans is a world-renowned researcher in the field of pancreatic cancer. His research focuses on translational laboratory research in the biology of pancreatic cancer and in clinical trial development for patients with localized disease. He is the Donald C. Ausman Family Foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Full Bio | Video

Susan J. Hoover, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Breast Surgical Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center

Dr. Susan Hoover is a nationally recognized Breast Surgery Oncologist. She has been involved in clinical research over the course of her career. Dr. Hoover is Principal Investigator for projects involving evaluation of breast surgical margins. Immunotherapy in the treatment of high-risk breast cancers is her most recent research interest. Dr. Hoover is Associate Professor of Surgery at Moffitt Cancer in Tampa specializing in Breast Surgical Oncology.

Full Bio | Video

Stephen Rosenberg, MD
Radiation Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Dr. Stephen Rosenberg is a Radiation Oncologist. His work plays a significant part of the FORT (Future of Radiation Therapy) departmental research program. Dr. Rosenberg is interested in combining radiation with immunomodulatory drugs and targeted therapies. He is interested in utilizing radiomics as part of his research efforts. Dr. Rosenberg is an assistant member in the Section of Thoracic Oncology of the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Full Bio | Video

Pioneering Physicians 2018

Sarah  Hoffe, MD
Radiation Oncology,
Moffitt Cancer Center

Annick Desjardins, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery,
Duke Cancer Institute

Kenneth Meredith, MD
Medical Director of Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
Cancer Institute, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Michael Gorin, MD
Director of Urology Clinical Trials,
Johns Hopkins – The Brady Urological Institute


Please consider a donation to one of over 40 organizations on our DONATION PAGE. Simply choose an organization from the list on the donation page or select Other and enter an organization of your choosing.

Local Cancer Organizations

  • Aloe Gives
  • Breast Health Sarasota, Inc.
  • Cancer Resource Network
  • Dollars for Mammograms
  • Engelwood Area Cancer Foundation
  • Faces of Courage
  • Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation
  • In the Pink
  • Kimberly Patterson Murphy Leukemia Fund
  • Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.
  • MammoMoney
  • Rob’s Rescue Foundation, Inc.
  • RNCG Angel Foundation
  • Payton Wright Foundation
  • SMH Foundation for the Sarasota Memorial Cancer Institute
  • Suncoast Blood Bank
  • Survivors in Sync
  • Team Tony Cancer Foundation
  • The Life of Riley Foundation
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • Us, Too International
  • 21st Century C.A.R.E.

National Cancer Organizations

  • American Cancer Society
  • Breast Cancer Action
  • CLL Society
  • Colorectal Cancer Alliance
  • Fanconi Anemia Research Fund/David Frohnmayer Cancer Research Grant
  • Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Melanoma Research Foundation
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • Pennies in Action
  • Prostate Cancer Research Institute
  • Susan G. Komen
  • The Danny Fund (Ewing’s Sacoma Research) – University of Florida Health Cancer Center
  • Zero – The End of Prostate Cancer

National Cancer Centers

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital – The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
  • Mayo Clinic
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
  • National Cancer Institute
  • NYU Langone Health
  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Cancer Institute – Sarasota
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Florida Cancer Center

Ways to Donate

There are three ways to donate through CTAC. It is personal preference how you wish to accomplish this. They are the following:

1. Make the check out to the institution and/or organization of your choice and put CTAC 2019 in the memo section. Please make a copy and email it to Having a record of your donation allows us to properly account for your donation.

2. Make the check payable to Team Tony Cancer Foundation and put CTAC 2019 and the institution and/or organization you want your gift to go to in the memo section. Our CPA will make a gift-directed donation to your institution and/or organization. Mail your check to: Team Tony Cancer Foundation
3562 S. Osprey Ave., Ste. C
Sarasota, FL 34239

3. Click the Donate Now button below. Please note there is a 3.5% processing fee to use this method. This is a charge by the company we use to process your donation and not a CTAC expense.

Donate Now

Whichever way to choose to donate, 100% of your gift is passed through to the institution/organization (unless you use a credit card and incur the processing fee). Thank you for your gift.