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Two Kids, One Disease, One Big Community Hug


Event Date:
Date: Wednesday – February 26th
Time: 4-10 p.m.
Where: Big Apple Pizza 2311 S. 35th St.,
Fort Pierce (across from IRSC)



Elice Sena and Julian Fraga have something in common, but it’s not something good. Both children are in the battle of a lifetime against the meanest monster ever – cancer. Just eight years old, Elice loves school and reading almost as much as she loves spending time with her younger brother and sister. Her mom calls Elice, “Our first blessing.” Julian Fraga is the youngest of three siblings, and he loves school and art. Unfortunately, Elice and Julian can’t go to school and enjoy class with their school chums; they’re too busy with chemotherapy, blood work, and trying to stay positive despite the brutal treatments they’re on to help them get better. These two little kids are fighting a big battle, and they could use one big community-wide hug of support and love.

Wednesday, February 26th, the Van Duzer Foundation, along with Elice and Julian’s teachers and classmates at Westgate K-8 school, will be hosting an evening of fun and pizza to help raise funds and spirits for Elice and Julian. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., every slice of pizza, soda, sub, salad, wing, and garlic knot sold at Big Apple Pizza will mean a donation to help Elice and Julian’s families get over some pretty tough times.

Two-Kids-flyerNot only will one hundred percent of your purchase that evening go to help these two kids and their families, everyone cooking and serving your food that evening will be donating their salaries and tips to help these families. Plus, Traxx Entertainment will be on hand to keep the party going, and Chuck and Lori’s Entertainment will provide bounce houses for the little ones. One Blood will also be on hand, gratefully accepting blood donations and helping register volunteers who would like to help save lives through blood or bone marrow donations. It will be an evening of fun, family, friendship, and a real community hug to show support to these two families who are going through so much.  As always, even if you can’t make a donation or swing a slice or soda, you’re encouraged to come out and share a smile and some words of encouragement for Elice and Julian and their families.

For nearly six years, the Van Duzer Foundation has found unique ways for everyone to positively impact the community and has raised and donated over $800,000 to St. Lucie County residents in need. If you’d like to find out more about the Foundation, please visit, or find the Van Duzer Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.