Dear Family and Friends,
Hope you are well and back into your fall schedules!
I would like to start off by apologizing for not reaching out to you sooner. This lands directly on my shoulders and I can only promise to do better in the future personally and as a Foundation. DD&BCF is truly my passion but it is nothing without your support, volunteerism and generous donations.
Thanks to those donations, DD&BCF has been able to distribute charitable gifts in excess of $20,000.00 since our last update. We have supported several cancer patients within our community, a woman in upstate New York, and a gentleman in Florida. We have more people who are battling cancer that we want to help in the coming months. I would also like to thank Jack Ennis from the Patient Advocate Foundation for supporting our organization by having his case managers from across the country reach out to our Foundation for help. Lastly, as we have reached out financially, I have been able to spend time on the phone, via email and in person with several cancer patients and their families helping them navigate their way through this terrible disease. Your generosity and Foundation’s Mission have enabled this to happen.
DD&BCF has continued its community outreach in earnest over the past few months and I’m beyond excited to announce a few partnerships within the community that we expect to last a very long time. As some of you know, DD&BCF participated in the Jetty Coquina Jam in August. Jetty is rapidly becoming a strong force within the surf/skate industry. It’s owned by Jeremy Defilippis and Cory Higgins. I’ve known Jeremy and his family a long time and it’s not surprising to me at all that Jeremy and Cory make it a priority for Jetty to give back to their community. The female surf contest was an incredible event, but most importantly, it enabled DD&BCF to donate over $7,500.00 to three local women at different stages of their breast cancer battles. See you at Coquina 2012!
DD&BCF and Jetty have found a perfect match within our community to add to an already formidable team. I’m very pleased to be participating in the 1st Annual “Crabbin’ for a Cure” with Mud City Crab House. I’ve known co-owners Eric/Melanie Magaziner and Gina/Bob Nugent a very long time. My sister (AKA: mookie) worked summers at Ship Bottom Shellfish with Bob, Gina and Eric. This cause is extremely personal to Mel and Eric as Eric is a Survivor of neck lymphoma. Some of you have seen a Facebook page created for this event (thanks to Melanie) and Jeremy and the Jetty design teams are putting the final touches on the logo.
The following information has been confirmed: 2 seatings at 5:30 and 8, auction will take place between 7-8 so both seatings can be present, $35.00 per ticket includes family style appetizers, soup or salad course, and a crab cake or non-seafood dinner, there will be a cash bar available of beer & wine, tickets will be on sale at Mud City starting Monday Oct. 17th, this is a family style seating event-try to fill a table of 4, 5, 7, 8, or 10!
I realized while typing this update that my next PETscan is scheduled for October 24th and my results will be given to me by Dr. Cognetti during my office visit on the morning of the “Crabbin for the Cure” event at Mud City on Tuesday November 1st. A reason to celebrate!!!
DD&BCF will be having the 2nd Annual LBI Summer Kick-off BBQ!
Please tentatively mark your calendars for June 16th and stay tuned for exciting news in our Winter Blast 2011 prior to the holidays.
The Foundation continues to evolve but our mission remains the constant:
“Saving Lives by Fighting Cancer Together”!