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Courage is defined as the ability to display strength in the face of fear or difficulty. When confronted with the frightening diagnosis of cancer, it can take incredible strength and true grit to persevere and survive. Linda Floyd not only exhibited the courage to battle this disease, but also has shown tremendous strength in helping others. In 2007 Mrs. Floyd was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and treated at Hollings Cancer Center. After successfully battling this cancer, which affects more than 60,000 women each year, Linda became an advocate for raising awareness and funding to battle women’s cancers. Several years ago, she and her husband Dalton had a vision of gathering together women of varying backgrounds and communities to empower, encourage and inform them on cancers that women face. They dreamed of an educational event that provided the latest in prevention and treatment, practical tips that women could easily implement, and basic educational information addressing the concerns women face when thinking about cancer. As a result of the care she received at Hollings, and her passion for education, Linda and Dalton established the annual Linda Floyd Forum on Women’s Cancers.

We have all heard the phrase “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected." While that may be true, Linda believes giving back goes deeper and more personal than that. She learned giving back to community and others as a child….it was a part of family life for her….from her grandfather helping to bring a hospital to her small town or her parents inviting children from a local children’s home to their home for Christmas with a party and gifts. Being able to help improve a person’s life or a community in a positive, intelligent and “raise the bar” kind of way is not only rewarding but an opportunity for her to learn as well. She and Dalton both are committed to "giving back."

Hollings Cancer Center was proud to partner with the Floyd family to see their dream of helping others become a reality. The Linda Floyd Lecture on Women’s Cancers has been funded by the Floyd family for the next ten years. With already directly impacting over 400 women, guests gain life-changing information such as the importance of family health history to determine genetic risk factors, the proper age to begin screenings, the value of the HPV vaccine, and latest treatments available. Important questions are asked and insightful answers provided during the panel discussion that follows. Women leave empowered and able to take this life-saving tips information to their families and communities.

Linda has a passion for helping others. She is devoted to her community and her generous and kind spirit is evident in all she does. Her passion drives her to be fully engaged in all aspects of her efforts to make the world a better place. She gives generously of her time and resources. Her dedication extends across the state from developing a mentoring program for elementary students to being passionately involved for safety on college campuses to advocating tirelessly for cancer awareness. Her passion is truly inspiring.

As the state’s foremost cancer treatment and research center, Hollings Cancer Center unites more than 200 experts in treatment, research, education, and outreach to address South Carolina’s significant cancer problem. South Carolina has a disproportionate burden of cancer in terms of incidence, mortality, and quality of life. More than 27,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in our state and despite progress in early detection, risk reduction and prevention more than 9,800 South Carolinians die of cancer annually. We work daily to find better treatments and hopefully one day a cure. As South Carolina’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated center, and one of only 69 in the nation, we are recognized for scientific leadership and cutting-edge cancer research. Research is the key to discovery and without it new treatments and cures for cancer will never be found. Our research efforts are leading to important scientific breakthroughs and closer to lifesaving discoveries. Support for research helps to drive the development of innovative cancer treatments and more effective approaches to prevention and diagnosis.

For every three woman, one will be faced with a cancer diagnosis. This is a staggering statistic... and does not include those who have a loved one facing this devastating diagnosis. Weeks before the first forum gathered Linda lost her mother to cancer. This further propelled her passion to empower as many women as possible to understand her cancer risks, what she can do to prevent cancer, and if diagnosed, to ensure she is getting the latest, most proven treatments available.

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