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Weaving a Web of Healing for Maddie Lane

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families

Ten year-old Maddie Lane Demers loves Spiderman and the color purple. Until a few months ago, her world revolved around cheerleading with her pals from the Renegades, enjoying time with her family and friends, and loving Spiderman and purple. Then a diagnosis of a very rare form of bone cancer changed everything for Maddie Lane and her family. Now it’s traveling back and forth to Cleveland Clinic and a regimen of needles, blood tests, and treatments to battle multicentric osteogenic sarcoma and tumors trying to take over her tiny body. In addition to altering everything Maddie and her family knew as normal, this insidious disease is taking a huge toll financially for the family, and they need some love and support from the community. On Wednesday, August 24th, the Van Duzer Foundation will host an evening of fun and family to support Maddie Lane and her family at Big...

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Dolphins DB Michael Thomas Aims to impress on field and off

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 in Helping Families

DAVIE — The term professional football player describes Michael Thomas but doesn’t define him. It never will. He’s the type of athlete who holds a summer football camp that teaches kids how to score — on the SAT. His social involvement is such that Congress can’t agree on much but summoned him to Capitol Hill this summer to present him with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Defensive back aims to impress on field and off photo Allen Eyestone Dolphins safety Michael Thomas, on violence by and against police: ‘It’s terrible. Nobody wants to see it.’ (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) And even though Thomas, a special teams captain and defensive back, is fighting to impress a new coaching staff on the Dolphins under the broiling South Florida sun, it hasn’t blinded him from another battle. “Enough’s enough,” Thomas said of violence by and against police. “We’re tired...

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Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas Named Week 7 NFLPA Community MVP

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Press Room, Projects

The NFL safety leads “The First Step” initiative mentoring youth in underserved Florida neighborhoods Editor’s Note: The NFLPA Community MVP recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who recently demonstrated his commitment to giving back and will make a donation to the player’s foundation or cause in support. This week’s #CommunityMVP is Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas who is demonstrating leadership by speaking to at-risk youth of underprivileged communities. October 20, 2015 has a new meaning for Michael Thomas of the Miami Dolphins. The Mayor of Fort Pierce, Florida proclaimed the Tuesday to be Michael Thomas Day and presented the 26-year-old safety with an honorary Key to the City. The pomp and circumstance celebrated something Thomas is innately passionate about – mentorship. Though he has no previous ties to the Fort Pierce community, he drove for more...

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Kerri On…

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Special Events

Winning is something that St.Lucie County School teacher Kerri Walukiewicz does really well. In 2005, she was named Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Florida. So when Kerri was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, she chose to do what she does best – Kerri On and teach others the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor. On October 28th, please come out and register as a bone marrow donor, share a hug and a slice of pizza with Kerri and her family, friends, and students. As always 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Kerri and her family, and who knows, you may be the matching donor who could help save Kerri’s life. 772 – 528 –...

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The First Step

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families, Press Room

St. Lucie County Leaders Take ‘The First Step’ with Local Youth By: Zach Dean Oct 6, 2015 Credit: www.tcpalm.com FORT PIERCE — Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson, County Commissioner Kim Johnson and Sheriff Ken Mascara were among many local leaders who participated in a touch football game Tuesday in Fort Pierce. “The First Step” is a project put together by Scott Van Duzer, Johnson, and State Representative Larry Lee Jr., and is intended to bring community leaders together with nearly 30 local children of all ages, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., every Tuesday for football (or any other activity), pizza, and, most importantly, the chance to get to know each other. “I just want them to know that this whole city cares about them; that they’re not lost up here or forgotten,” Hudson said. “Maybe someone in their life has told them that nobody on that side of...

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Honor Flight Benefit

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Awards & Recognitions, Current Events, Helping Families, Special Events

*Click image to enlarge Uncle Sam Wants YOU! They are known as the Greatest Generation because they are quiet heroes, men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom in a foreign land during what was called the war to end all wars – World War II. Over 16 million men and women served during World War II, and today, an estimated 855,000 are still alive, but they’re getting old and fragile. The median age of WWII veterans is 95, and an average of 500 WWII veterans die every day. Sadly, the memorial to honor their service was not completed and dedicated until 2004, and many WWII have never seen the memorial to their service. On Thursday, August 6th, from 4-10 p.m. at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce, volunteers from Southeast Florida Honor Flight, the Van Duzer Foundation, the City of Port St. Lucie, the Board...

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