GAINESVILLE, FLA. (March 29, 2012) - "Share the Cure 2012: The Results Show," resulted in $69,151 that will go to pediatric cancer patients in the Dominican Republic. The 7th annual fundraising event hosted by Keira Grace Foundation took place at the Phillips Center on March 3, with more than 200 guests in attendance.
The money raised will go to support children with cancer at the Hospital Infantil Dr. Robert Reid Cabral in Santo Domingo, and towards finishing a five-story "Share the Cure House," to host families of pediatric patients, at no charge, for extended overnight stays during cancer treatments. The housing project is currently on schedule to open this summer.
"Many of the children we serve in the Dominican Republic travel several hours to Santo Domingo to receive treatment," says Dr. Michael Lauzardo, co-founder of Keira Grace Foundation and chief of infectious disease at the University of Florida College of Medicine. "The house will be the first of its kind in this country and will really help alleviate the travel stress many families endure."
Master of ceremonies and evening anchor of WCJB-TV20 News, David Snyder, along with media personality, Ilene Silverman, delivered a fast-paced program featuring entertainment by Latin jazz ensemble, Obrigado, and samba dancers, S-Connection. Special guests, including former University of Florida wide receiver and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Doering, were interviewed about the progress Keira Grace Foundation has made in the Dominican Republic for pediatric cancer patients.
Doering talked about his recent trip to Santo Domingo as the audience viewed a pictorial documentary captured by professional photographer, Randy Batista.
"It was an eye-opening experience to see the progress Keira Grace Foundation is making firsthand, and the benefit they are having on these children," says Doering. "The Lauzardos are making a huge impact in the lives of families and have truly tapped into a unique cause that is not being aggressively addressed by any other organization in this country."
Currently, Keira Grace Foundation is one of the only foundations bringing cancer treatment to developing nations.
"Our main focus is to take proven cancer treatments that we have here in the United States to developing nations where the most impact can be made," says Dr. Lauzardo. "By doing that we are changing the trajectory of survival rates by more than 400 percent."
For more information about Keira Grace Foundation or to donate visit: www.keiragracefoundation.com.