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Once a month we hold an event for a family/person in need. We also conduct other exciting projects. Here is where you can find information about how you can get involved and upcoming events.

 

Santia’s Legacy of Love

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Current Events, Helping Families | 0 comments

Santia’s Legacy of Love

Santia’s Legacy of Love Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the movements that take our breath away. Join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 4pm to benefit Santia’s Scholarship! Click image for more...

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For The Love of Layne!

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families | 0 comments

For The Love of Layne!

Updated: Thursday, January 25th, 2018 Big Apple Pizza owner, Scott Van Duzer, wanted the entire family to see the support they have from the community. From the fundraiser, a DJ called the mother and grandmother in the hospital so they could say some words to the crowd. “If you could see what I’m seeing and what everyone here is seeing, you would be amazed at the amount of support,” the DJ said to the crowd. “It’s been an inspiration to us and we’re truly overwhelmed by all of the support and the well wishes you’ve been sending to us,” said Leigh Chesney, Layne’s mother. She also updated everyone on Layne’s condition, saying she’s healing and her prognosis improves daily. “We were able to hear her speak [Wednesday] for the first time since the accident. She repeatedly said I love you, I love you, I love you. It was just amazing to hear her voice,” Leigh said. She’s hopeful for more good days to come, knowing, they’ll have plenty of support down a long road to recovery. For the love of Layne! Wednesday, January 24 4 – 10 p.m. Big Apple Pizza, Fort Pierce 2311 S. 35th Street – Across from IRSC 14 year-old Layne Chesney suffered burns over 95% of her body from a New Year’s Eve incident. Her road to recovery is long, but she is strong, and the support of our community is even stronger. As always, 100% of all food and beverages sold, along with a ll staff salaries and tips, will benefit Layne and her family. Come, share the love of Layne. – Donate blood in Layne’s name. – Share a hug with the family. – Eighth Ave Studios will be on hand to record a video message to share with Layne and her family. – Traxx Entertainment will be spinning tunes and taking requests all evening. Donate Here and 100% of your donation will go to Layne’s family. For info, call (772)...

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Join Team Cookie

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families | 0 comments

Join Team Cookie

Wednesday, October 11 4 – 10pm Big Apple Pizza & Pasta 2311 S. 35th Street, Fort Pierce It’s Round Two and Carrie “Cookie” Conley is kicking cancer’s ass. The mother of two is battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and with your help, it’s a fight this family plans to win! Come out, eat some pizza, share a hug with the family,donate blood and/or a few dollars, and join Team...

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Against The Odds: Man Lives To Celebrate 21st Birthday

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Awards & Recognitions, Current Events, Helping Families, Special Events | 0 comments

Against The Odds: Man Lives To Celebrate 21st Birthday

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – It was a 21st birthday that wasn’t supposed to happen. A Port St. Lucie man, who has outlived his doctor’s prognosis, became of legal age Wednesday. When Dylan Picariello was 3 and a half years old and seemingly healthy, doctors found an inoperable brain tumor. It grew aggressively. At 6-years-old, he was given two weeks to two months to live. But Wednesday he turned 21-years-old. Pizza and beer: those were the requests from the birthday boy. “Perfect birthday, that’s what we’re trying to do for the man. Trying to keep my man happy, Dylan,” said Jordan Vanduzer from behind the counter, making pizza, at Big Apple Pizza in Ft. Pierce. Read full article...

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Weaving a Web of Healing for Maddie Lane

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Current Events, Families In Need, Helping Families | 0 comments

Weaving a Web of Healing for Maddie Lane

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 Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce at 2311 South 35th Street, directly across from Indian River State College. The fun will begin at 4 p.m. and go until 10 p.m., and there will be bounce houses, music courtesy of Traxx Entertainment, laughter, and loads of fun and support for Maddie Lane and this family enduring a difficult time. Maddie’s friends from the Renegades Cheer Team will be on hand providing personalized cheers for donors and the cheerleaders and football team will host a bake sale to help raise funds for the treatments to battle Maddie’s illness. And the awesome staff from Relentless Salon will be providing clipper cuts, bangs trimming and braiding to help Maddie and her family, too. As always with a Van Duzer Foundation fundraiser, one hundred percent of all food and beverages sold will be given to the family, and everyone working on the evening of a fundraiser donates salary, tips, and time for an all-volunteer evening to show the power of community support. You’re going to be hungry that night anyway – why not make your meal count for something special and show a little love and support for a family in...

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