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Posted on Oct 14, 2022 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families

Vanessa Solomon is a St. Lucie County school teacher and graduation coach at Fort Pierce Central. After a difficult battle with breast cancer in 2016, including multiple rounds of chemotherapy and several painful surgeries, in 2022, Vanessa’s cancer proved to be relentless and spread into her lymph nodes. Her new diagnosis is Stage 4 incurable Metastatic Breast Cancer. Currently in palliative care, Vanessa’s doctors are doing their best to keep her comfortable for the remainder of her life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to show Vanessa and the Solomon family a little of our love and community support? You can do that just by ordering dinner at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce on Wednesday, October 26th. One hundred percent of all sales (food and drink), plus tips and staff salaries will be donated to the Solomon family to help. Of course, if you can donate blood, that would be...

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‘Slices for Seniors’ Serves Thousands of Nursing Home Residents

Posted on Mar 7, 2021 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — It has been more than a year since COVID-19 put seniors on lockdown in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This week, an effort to bring joy to seniors who otherwise feel isolated and alone hit its one year mark. Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce and founder of the Van Duzer Foundation nonprofit, started “Slices for Seniors” at the beginning of the pandemic. Van Duzer and groups of volunteers and donors would deliver pizzas to the facilities, along with t-shirts and handmade cards. Treasure Coast Hospice, Dr. Shamser Singh, We Honor Veterans, Dragonfly Graphics, and Seacoast Bank gave donations in addition to community members to make the effort a success. “We’ve hit every nursing home and assisted living facility in St. Lucie County and a little over 5,000 seniors in one year,” Van Duzer said. Read...

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