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February 12, 2009: Broward Health and Panthers recognize Boccard family for cancer fund

Broward Health and The Florida Panthers recently recognized the Boccard Family as Broward Health Cancer Heroes of the Game.

Broward Health Heroes of the Game is a new initiative between the Florida Panthers and Broward Health designed to recognize community members who have been impacted by cancer and gone on to make a difference to the lives of others or the community.

The Boccard Family was the first to be recognized as Cancer Heroes of the Game. Lisa Boccard was 29 when she was diagnosed with Stage Three breast cancer. She has been in ongoing treatment again since 2003 for metastatic breast cancer and is presently undergoing chemotherapy. Throughout her long fight against cancer, her brother, Coral Spring Vice-Mayor Vince Boccard, and his wife, Terry, have been by her side.

Together they are working to make sure that women without insurance have access to mammograms through the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund and their partner, Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center.  In 2008, over 200 women received free mammograms.  Of those, 10 patients were diagnosed with breast cancer.  For these 10 women early detection may be a life saving diagnosis and it would not have been possible without the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.

A tireless cancer advocate, Lisa is also the author of “The Cure Package,” a photo exhibit depicting her travels with breast cancer. Lisa appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show and represented the state of Florida in 1993 by presenting President Clinton with 2.6 million signatures requesting the resources needed to end the breast cancer epidemic. She is a co-founder and a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and serves on several committees for the American Cancer Society.

“We are very excited about this new partnership we have with the Florida Panthers,” VP Corporate Communications at Broward Health Sara Howley said. “It gives us the opportunity to recognize those who are making a difference in the lives of others.”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information on Broward Health or on the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, visit

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