Moffitt Cancer Center announced that Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston made a $225,000 donation to the center to support research into cancer health disparities. The donation, made during Black History Month and right before the start of this year’s Super Bowl, will help fund discoveries in breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
The defensive end’s donation will go to Moffitt’s George Edgecomb Society, which seeks to eliminate cancer health disparities in communities of color. The society is in remembrance of H. Lee Moffitt’s close friend, Black pioneer Judge George Edgecomb, who died of leukemia back in 1976.
“When I was presented with the opportunity to donate and be a part of the betterment of cancer research for Black communities, I could not think of a better way to honor my family. My father died battling lung cancer, and my uncle from prostate cancer. My mother has won her breast cancer battle multiple times,” said Gholston in a written statement. “This battle is hard, the fight is hard, and any amount of research or help is huge in my eyes. I hope this donation helps others who are fighting or may have to fight down the line. You can never get time back, but with this, we may be able to add more time for others.”
“We thank William and his family for their continued support of Moffitt. This donation carries great thoughtfulness and intent, and will help fund critical research,” said Dr. Patrick Hwu, CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center.
Gholston’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at its home stadium in Tampa this Sunday. Gholston has challenged his fellow defensive linemen to match his gift.