Capt. Kieran ‘Kiki’ Ferrer with wife Stephanie and children Kaven and Kai. CONTRIBUTED

Keys Capt. Kieran “Kiki” Ferrer was diagnosed with stage 3 inoperable pancreatic cancer on Oct. 27. Now, the local community is coming together to put on a benefit as Ferrer continues the fight.

Kiki is the husband to Stephanie Ferrer, whom he met on Isla Mujeres when she left her purse after an evening out with friends. He returned her purse and they have been together ever since. They have two young children, Kaven and Kai. 

When he gets a day off from charter fishing, Ferrer enjoys spending time with his family, lobstering, crabbing and hunting. Kiki has started his journey to fight this cancer with chemotherapy, and his friends and family have joined this fight with him. 

A benefit for Ferrer is set for Wednesday, Dec.13  from 4 to 7 p.m., at World Wide Sportsman & Islamorada Fish Company, which have donated the space. A team of chefs will be preparing pulled pork, a whole pig and BBQ chicken with southern sides and beverages by the Florida Keys Brewing Co. 

The event will also have music by DJ Dave, a silent auction, raffle prizes and more. To attend, a $30 per person donation will be payable at the door or by visiting “Let’s help Capt Kiki Catch His Cure” on Facebook to buy tickets in advance.  

More information is available from Dianne Harbaugh at 305-522-4868 or Ross DeMarzo at 305-340-8910.