VIDEO: Caring Hearts Benefit Assists Cancer Patients

By  //  May 6, 2014

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ABOVE VIDEO: Mary Paul Hendry tells her incredibly compelling story at the 12th Annual Caring Hearts Benefit of hope and faith during her struggle with cancer.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Cancer Care Foundation once again presented their signature annual Caring Hearts Benefit at the riverfront home of Ed and Jeanne Andre that featured an island theme. 

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Ed and Jeanne Andre

Now in its 12th year, the first two years the event was held at different venues, but for the last 10 years the André family have graciously offered their stunning home as the host venue for the event.

The Caring Hearts’ goal is to assist local cancer patients undergoing treatments by paying for their basic living expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities and pain and cancer related medications.

“I was diagnosed with cancer in March 2003,” said Mary Paul Hendry.

“I started with Dr. Craig Badolato, and thanks to God and Dr. Badolato, I am still here.  I thank the Cancer Care Foundation for their love and support.”

FINE ART, GREAT FOOD

The benefit included live music, a live auction, silent auctions, a lavish multi-station buffet and fine wines. Auction items included great international trips, compelling sports memorabilia, unique works of art from local artists and exciting products and services from area business.

Tom Drago

Tom Drago

“I thank everybody who came out to participate in one of the more unique fund raising events in all of Brevard County,” said Tom Drago, this year’s Caring Hearts Committee Chairperson and foundation board of directors member.

“The benefit contributes to the ongoing success of the Cancer Care Foundation in assisting under and uninsured cancer patients in Brevard and Indian River counties. We’re proud of the fact that 98 percent of the money we take in at this and other numerous fundraising events goes directly to assist cancer patients to meet financial commitments including utility bills, rent, and transportation costs.”

Mark you calendar now for the 13th Annual Caring Hearts Benefit, which will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

CARING HEARTS BENEFIT PHOTO GALLERY

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Chris Romandetti and Kris Jones of First Choice Medical Group.

Christine Lighthill, Susie Larson and Atussa Harmon.

Christine Lighthill, Susie Larson and Atussa Harmon.

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Caring Hearts Committee Chairperson Tom Drago with Jeanne Andre. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Welcome signs surround the entryway at the 12th Annual Caring Hearts Benefit. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Cancer Care Foundation volunteers Tina Drago, Peggy Baugh and Samara Tabata welcome guests. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Geeta Shah, Dr. Ashok Shah, Glad Kurian and Marta Fiol. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Michelle Paccione, Marta Fiol and Palm Bay Mayor William Capote. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Cancer Care Centers of Brevard’s Marta Fiol and Dr. Rahul Chopra. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Susan Hammerling and Maria Seelman. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Alexis Haber, Jessica Andre and Katie Hart enjoy the Caring Hearts Benefit at the home of Jessica Andre’s family. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Betsy Farmer and Lief Johnson. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Sharon and Mike Abdon. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Dave Wilfong and Ed Trader. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Eileen Cooper and Dr. Homi Cooper. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Melanie and Paul Weber. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Vince Cangiano, Perry Jordan and Charles Snell. (Cyndi Byars Image)

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Sandy Grutta and Atussa Harron.

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Dr. Rahul Chopra, Dr. Todd Panarese, Karen Maguire and Devra Fair.

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Betsy Haff, John Turner and Marta Fiol.

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Cedrick Thomas, right, shows Jim Twombly one of the live auction items – an Orlando Magic basketball signed by all members of the 2013-2014 team.

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Dr. Lee Sheldon and Dr. Matt Sheldon.

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Jordan and Amy Luhn


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