Hooked on Hope 2017
9th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament
to Benefit the USF Breast Health Program
Bio of Linda Hurtato
Emcee: Kickoff Reception & Silent Auction: Friday, October 13, 2017
Hi, my name is Linda Hurtado, and I anchor the FOX 13 News at Noon as well as the FOX 13 News at 5 with Cynthia Smoot. I’m a 20-year veteran of TV news here in Tampa Bay, and am thrilled to be part of the talented family here at FOX 13.
I always wanted to become a journalist and learned the ropes at the University of Georgia -- Go Dawgs! I’ve worked at TV stations in Fort Myers and Orlando before coming to Tampa. I know this great state well! I’ve won 12 Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award, Associated Press awards, Society of Professional Journalism awards, and a Florida Bar award for a variety of news and health stories.
I’ve traveled to Haiti and Cuba covering in-depth reports. During my TV career, I have covered numerous hurricanes including Andrew and Charley, a Stanley Cup championship, a Super Bowl championship, and the Republican National Convention, where I landed the only local TV interview with Ann Romney. I’ve also hosted or anchored many live events, including the Martin Luther King and Gasparilla parades, and NASA space shuttle launches.
I take pride in being very connected and involved in my community. I’ve been a keynote speaker at many local events, such as the Women of Influence luncheon hosted by the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Man and Woman of the Year awards sponsored by Tampa’s Hispanic Heritage, Inc. I hosted the local MDA Telethon for over 10 years, emceed the local Dancing with the Stars event that benefits local charities, and the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Hospital's Valentine Day event as well as events for St. Jude's Children’s Hospital.
I’ve been very active with the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events long before my own diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, because my mother was a breast cancer survivor until the disease finally took her life in 1995. Since my own diagnosis and recovery, I’ve become the local emcee for the Susan G. Komen events. I support the Face of Courage non-profit as well as the My Hope Chest that funds reconstruction for women who do not have insurance. And every year I donate proceeds from A Shoot for a Cure to the Florida Hospital Foundation to fund mammograms for women without insurance.
When not working, you can find me at sporting events cheering on my two high school-aged daughters. I have two stepchildren, two biological daughters, an adopted son from Cuba, and two English bulldogs. My husband Jorge and I love volunteering at non-profits and supporting Tampa’s NHL Lightning, NFL Buccaneers and MLB Rays. We have a big, busy traditional Cuban family, deeply rooted in the Tampa Bay community.
To date, Hooked on Hope has raised nearly $300,000 for the breast cancer patients in the Tampa Bay Communities!
Funds are used to purchase, post-operative medically needed surgical garments, and other needed items not covered by insurance, for approximately 200 uninsured and under insured patients each year! In addition, the organization has partnered with local specialty companies to pay for 'lymphedema sleeves' for those breast cancer patients or survivors with the debilitating condition known as 'lymphadema.'
In addition, a grants program helps patients fighting breast cancer with treatment support grants between $500 and $1,500 as "treatment support" during breast cancer treatment. Hooked on Hope grants are used to assist patients with items such as prescriptions, office co-pays, and hospital co-pays and living expenses, during breast cancer treatment. Funds are intended for un-insured or under-insured breast cancer patients.
Hooked on Hope funds are used to assist patients with items such as prescriptions, office co-pays, and hospital co-pays during breast cancer treatment. Funds are intended for un-insured or under-insured breast cancer patients.
For additional information, please contact (813) 735-6975 or (813) 967-5032.