Pre-gala reception honors donors

Pre-gala reception honors donors

American Cancer Society party set for Feb. 27

In March 2015, Key West Firefighter and Paramedic Frankie Gutierrez was diagnosed with both Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. While fighting the disease, he became an inspiration to many. His positive attitude and perseverance is a lesson that even in the worst of times, there is hope.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the American Cancer Society’s Diamond Gala of the Keys will honor Gutierrez as its first Champion of Hope. Held at the Marriott Beachside, “A Night in Paris,” will be a celebration of those who have won the battle, and a remembrance of those who haven’t.

The American Cancer Society assisted 28 Keys patients with lodging while having treatments, providing 163 nights at no or reduced cost. The Road to Recovery Program provided 254 trips to treatment for 31 patients, and 12 breast cancer patients were provided support through our Reach to Recovery Program.

A few tickets are still available for the event. Call Julie Cuneo at 305-292-2333 or visit diamondgalaofthekeys.org for more information.

— Weekly Staff report

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