Cards for a Cure

Cards for a Cure is Tallahassee’s annual fall event that honors a local member of the Tallahassee community who has shown courage and valor in their fight against breast cancer. Hosted by the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, this event features an evening of food, good friends, great entertainment and live and silent auctions that benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center & Cancer Programs.

Event Info

2018 Cards for a Cure

CardsForACure17Benefiting the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center & Cancer Programs
In honor of Betsy Burgess

October 6, 2018
7–11 pm
Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
Entertainment by All in One

Pink Tie Optional
Must be at least 21 years of age

Sponsor Information: JoAnne.Adams@TMH.ORG.

Stay tuned for silent and live auction items that will be available

2018 Honoree

2018 Honoree, Betsy Burgess

BetsyBurgessI was 36 years old and in the prime of my life when my breast cancer story began. I had a great job as a shareholder at Carr Allison Law Firm, three precious little kids, a loving husband, a big boisterous extended family and fun, hilarious friends. I had just returned from a football filled weekend in September 2016 when I found the lump in the shower. I broke into a cold sweat. I made my husband feel it to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating – he felt it, too. Despite my fear, I sprang into action and went through all the proper testing, concluding with a biopsy. I got “the call” at work. It was the most devastating moment of my life, yet looking back, it was just the beginning of a life-changing journey.

My medical team was spearheaded by both Shelby Blank, MD and Karen Russell, MD. Both physicians helped me decipher my early test results, strategically working out a surgical and treatment plan with me. Dr. Blank assured me my prognosis was good, comforting me with “This is just part of your story now.” I felt empowered – my team had a plan and I knew we could do this.

However, the toughest part of this whole adventure was telling my loved ones the news – enduring their own scared reactions, and initially not having any answers for them. At the time, my daughter was six and my twin boys were four. They accepted the news and, to my astonishment, handled my hair loss and physical changes like champions. From reassuring me that I looked pretty when I nervously wore my scarves and wigs, to fanning me with the nearest object whenever I had a hot flash from the treatment; they were my biggest cheerleaders.

My loved ones have often asked why this happened to me. I have no family history and have always been in good health, so my belief is that it is because I’ve been equipped to fight this since day one. I am now navigating the next phase of life as a cancer survivor. I am different, but better. My hair is curlier, and my perspective is much broader. I find fulfillment in reaching out and helping current patients through their journey – whether answering questions, accompanying them to treatments or just being a sounding board for venting.

At the end of the day, a lot of good has come into my life from this process and I am thankful for every day. Have I beaten cancer forever? The truth is we don’t know, and that’s ok. I hope and pray the day comes when I can say I have beaten cancer, because we as a community have beaten cancer, and found a cure.

With love and gratitude,
Betsy Burgess


Title Sponsor

Electrotech Electrical Contractor


Wine & Spirits Sponsor



Hospitality Sponsor

Physician Partners 2aSm
Physician Partners - Cancer & Hematology Specialists (Tim Broeseker, MD, Amit Jain, MD, MPH, Janice Lawson, MD, Jayan Nair, MD, Mitchell F. Peabody, DO, Jorge V. Perez De Armas, MD, Karen Russell, MD, FACP, and Jeannine Silberman, MD)


Band Sponsor

Physician Partners 2aSm
Physician Partners - Radiation Oncology Specialists
(Philip Sharp, MD, Raj Bendre, MD and Ovidiu Marina, MD)


Wineglass Sponsor



Photo Sponsor


Jana Bures-Forsthoefel, MD and Shawn Ramsey, DO 


Auction Sponsor



Media Sponsors





Ziffer Stansberry



Table Sponsors


Baker Donelson 

Shelby Blank, MD & David Burday, MD


willis logo with number


Chase & Michelle Dickson   

Margarett C. Ellison, MD, MHA

Jen and Gregory Hartlage, MD





Hal Mardenborough


Oertel Fernandez Bryant and Atkinson PA


North Public Relations/CrossFit Tallahassee


TMPP Surgical SpecialistsSurg Assoc 

Roger and Bernadette Luca



Gold Sponsor



Silver Sponsors

Ameriprise Financial

Big Bend HospiceLogo

Mildred & AJ Brickler, MD

Carole Cox


Ruth Figg



Homesteadvillage - Ann Brown

Annie and Joe Kelly



Seven Hills 

TPSC logo with names

TMH Credit Union Logo

UPM logo


Maye, Claude and Laurie Walker


Pink Ribbon Sponsors

Barbara & Gary Alford, MSN, RN

Ausley McMullen

Benson’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Suzanne & Armand Cognetta, MD

FL Surplus Lines - Gary Pullen

Rosanna M. Catalano Flury

Robbie and Rebecca Hysong, MD

Steffany Lendon

Shelley and Greg Nelson

Deena and Judson Reppen

Summit Group

SunTrust Private Wealth Medical

Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy Program

Neil Torgerson, DMD

Nicole & Dean Watson, MD

Laura Youmans

The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation salutes Leon High School for its support of the cancer programs at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

Leon High School

History of Cards

Past Honorees


Lea Lane
2017 Honoree


Abby Kirkland
2016 Honoree


Terese Combs
2015 Honoree


Glenda Thornton
2014 Honoree


Erin Petscher
2013 Honoree

Darcy Cavell

Darcy Cavell
2012 Honoree


Steffany Lendon
2011 Honoree


Carol Dover
2009 Honoree


Marsha Click
2008 Honoree


Kathy Brooks
2007 Honoree


Kathy Brooks
2006 Honoree