Mekenzie Bradley Heads Cape Coast Conference Athlete Leadership Summit
By Kathy Reakes // November 1, 2015
Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Junior Ambassador
ABOVE VIDEO: Mekenzie Bradley, a Junior at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School with a dual enrollment at Eastern Florida State College, considers school her main priority.
Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Junior Ambassador Awards To Honor Student Humanitarians In Special Gala Nov. 1
Mekenzie Bradley, a junior at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School with a dual enrollment at Eastern Florida State College, considers school her main priority.
Besides having served as class president and as student body vice president, she is also active in many clubs and school activities.
Bradley says these activities not only let her collaborate with her fellow students and school administrators, it also lets her stay in touch with the community by carrying out projects that benefit both.
The busy teen first became involved with volunteering with her sister as she was collecting hours to earn a Bright Futures Scholarship at the Cape Canaveral Library. She was nine-years-old at the time and that experience has sent her back to the library every year since.
“I’m now 16, and for the past seven summers have had the honor of volunteering with Cara Kincade at the library with the summer reading camp and with the young babies and toddlers for story time,” she said.
Now that she is in high school, she has been able to win leadership roles in several clubs, which has allowed her to branch out with her volunteering including the Cape Coast Conference Athlete Leadership Summit that she is currently heading up.
“We hope to soon be pairing with DGF and VIDA volunteers to make one of our goals a reality, in bringing gently used sports equipment to less fortunate countries to promote another side of health living,” she said.
By volunteering, one isn’t simply doing an act or trying to achieve a goal, the young woman added. Although some benefits come from volunteerism, the best one for her is simply knowing that someone was helped.
“It sounds so cliché, but when it comes down to it a person may be volunteering within a community, but the community may not be the only one benefitting, it may be the one family that didn’t know if they were going to eat this week, or the girl who was hit by a car and her family felt all alone until a group of students offered to mow the lawn or bring meals,” she said.
“It is people in the community that we end up helping.”
Bradley says in the end, she is just a girl who likes to run, surf and cheer. But she’s also just a girl who cares about others.
As part of Space Coast Medicine Week, honorees will be honored during a Gala dinner on Nov. 1 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club beginning at 5 p.m. For more information about the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Junior Ambassadors call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111.
SPACE COAST MEDICINE WEEK SET FOR OCT. 31 – NOV. 8
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million in support of charity thanks to the assistance of many generous and giving special people.
Those people, and their spirit of philanthropy, will be recognized and honored on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards, which will be part of the 10-event “Space Coast Medicine Week,” produced annually by Brevard Productions, the event and production sister company of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine.
The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.
DGF AMBASSADORS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
Dr. Bhavin Patel; Joe and Cindy Hurston; Lisa Cavallero, Sodexo; Dr. Kiran and Gita Modi; Dr. Ramesh Patel; Amar Patel, Brevard Achievement Center; Kyle Smith and Chad Lovitt, Brevard County Manatees; Ronal Morgan; Sean Gregory, Health First; Jonda Erwin; Ginger Davis, Veteran Educator; Drs. Sumant and Snehlata Pandya; Kathy LaPorte, VITAS Healthcare; Liz Mikitarian; Dr. Saravana and Sathi Rajan, Rajan Foundation; Mike Thomas, Florida Pain Institute; Rashmi Shah; Janice Kershaw, Brevard Schools Foundation; Sondra Elizondo, VIDA Volunteers; Robin Fisher and Marta Fiol.
“The entire Doctors Goodwill Foundation board and community feels heartfelt gratitude to the people who contribute their time, resources and compassion to the charitable endeavors that we undertake,” said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, the Founder of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation.
“The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation can only do what it does, thanks to the love and support that it’s friends provide. We feel it is important to recognize people who give of themselves and that is why we created the Doctors Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards.”
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine for extensive multimedia coverage of each and every honoree, as we present their compelling charitable works through stories and special tribute films by Maverick Multimedia, Inc.
Don’t miss the Dec/Jan 2016 special edition of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine for complete multimedia coverage of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards – and all the events of “Space Coast Medicine Week.”
For dinner reservations to the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards call 321-749-1282. For sponsor or exhibitor information, call 321-323-4460 or 321- 615- 8111, or e-mail MaverickMultiMedia@gmail.com