Cancer Care of Brevard Party Inspirational Event

By  //  November 3, 2012


BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA VILLAGE, FLORIDA — Cancer Care Centers of Brevard hosted and sponsored a unique Garden Party in Cocoa’s Riverfront Park with music, games, art, free admission and a celebration of cancer survivorship.

Marta Fiol, Barbara Leggett and Gail Erentreich welcomed the guests to the Music In The Park event. (Space Coast image)

The musical group “The @cetones,” with Dr. Todd Panarese on drums and the band “Dont Quit Your Day Job,” with Dr. David Simms, entertained the guests and friends of the Cancer Care Foundation.

Marta Fiol of Cancer Care Centers of Brevard and John Harper of WMEL. (Space Coast image)

“This is a beautiful place and the weather is gorgeous,” said Marta Fiol of the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard.

“We are so blessed to be able to come together here at Cocoa’s Riverfront Park to have an event like this.”

Cancer survivor, John Harper, owner of Brevard’s WMEL radio station was on hand to enjoy the evening.

“The doctors, nurses and entire team at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard are so wonderful and have helped so many people in the fight against cancer,” said Harper.

“We are very lucky to have organizations like that here in Brevard.”

Dr. David Simms was on hand to perform with his band, “Dont Quit Your Day Job.”

Willie and Peggy Wehrman with Dr. Dave Simms enjoyed the Music In The Park in Cocoa Village. (Space Coast image)

“It’s a pleasure to be here and to support this great cause,” said Sims.

As a non-profit organization that strives to provide comprehensive patient and family support services, community outreach and education, financial assistance and medical and research programs, CCCF is widely recognized for its outstanding efforts in assisting patients and their loved ones to more effectively cope with cancer.

Marian Palma Cardona and Karen Sharkey of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network were on hand to provide outreach and advocacy. (Space Coast image)

Marian Palma Cardona, who is the education and Outreach Coordinator and Karen Sharkey, who is the Advocacy Coordinator of the Orlando Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, were on hand to distribute information about their organization which advances research, supports patients and creates hope for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

“This is a lovely event and we are very pleased to be here,” said Sharkey.

Mary Snyder, Katie Blakenship and Kris Gell, volunteers from Cancer Care Centers of Brevard served complimentary food and drinks to the guests. (Space Coast image)

Volunteers Mary Snyder, Katie Blakenship and Kris Gell of Cancer Care Centers of Brevard served complimentary food and drinks to the guests.

Beautiful and inspirational works of art from cancer survivors and their families were elegantly displayed throughout the riverfront park.

‘Patients Are Our Family’

Dr. Ravi Shankar

“Our patients are our family, and just like any family member we will do anything and everything in our power to provide them the assistance necessary to help them every step of the way,” said Dr. Ravi Shankar, CCCB Medical Director.

“We will never turn our backs to a patient who needs our help, and we will never stop advocating for their right to live cancer free.”

“This event celebrates not only their courage, but it is an opportunity for us to extend our heart-felt appreciation for those donors who make our foundation and its services possible.”

For information about the next “Garden Party with Music in the Park,” call Marta Fiol at 321-426-5145 or e-mail

For information on the Cancer Care Centers of Brevard in Melbourne call 321-952-0898, Rockledge at 321-636-2111, or log on to