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Memorial to Local Reverend Benefits Moffitt Disparities Efforts

December 12, 2017

Wilson-Jones-gift.jpg Family members of the late Rev. Arthur T. Jones, Sr. present the first check for the George Edgecomb Society and the Wilson-Jones Initiative to Moffitt Foundation Executive Vice President Matt Kupec and Vice President of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications B. Lee Green, Ph.D.

A well-known local reverend treated at Moffitt has been memorialized with a substantial gift and a pledge of more to come over the next five years. The Rev. Arthur T. Jones, Sr. is fondly remembered as a caring, compassionate and dedicated pastor, educator and family man.  On Dec. 6, Dr. Leven "Chuck" and Shonda Wilson and the entire Jones family honored his memory with a $100,000 gift to Moffitt Cancer Center, the hospital that cared for Jones as he battled multiple myeloma. 

"We want to honor the memory of our dad, a man who dedicated his life to God and who was a great leader and visionary for our community," said Shonda Wilson.  

"With this gift, we hope that his name and legacy will continue to offer hope and inspiration. The initiatives that spring forth from this gift could also spark further philanthropy and support for cancer patients and their families," said Dr. Chuck Wilson. 

The family’s pledge of $500,000 to Moffitt over five years will support the overall efforts of Moffitt Diversity, including the George Edgecomb Society, as well as K-12 health care and research career development programs focused on minorities.

"I often heard my late husband say that we should work to make a global impact with a local imprint," said Doris Jones. "That is what this donation is all about." 

"We are grateful to Dr. Wilson for designing this concept, and to the generosity and vision of the Wilson and Jones families to use their gift and initiatives to battle cancer, support research and provide opportunities in health careers,” said B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications.  “We feel very fortunate to accept this gift and continue to honor the name and legacy of the Rev. Arthur T. Jones.”