Florida Fine Cars organizing efforts to help St. Jude


Florida Fine Cars — among the top 100 independent dealers highlighted earlier this summer in AuSM — announced on Monday that the dealership will support two upcoming walk/run fundraisers to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in an effort to help doctors find a cure for childhood cancers.

The Memphis, Tenn.-based children’s hospital has organized simultaneous fundraising events in Miami and West Palm Beach, Fla., on Sept. 23. Florida Fine Cars is sponsoring a hydration station in Miami and providing a meet-up tent in West Palm Beach.

“Everyone knows someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer. But when it’s a child, it’s even harder to accept,” Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid said. “St. Jude is a frontrunner in cancer research and saving lives. Our dealership wants to be a part of that.”

 According to St. Jude marketing director Rebecca Torres, it costs $2.2 million a day to run the hospital, 75 percent of which comes from donors.

“Every donation, no matter how big or small, helps St. Jude tremendously,” said Torres, who met with Florida Fine Cars employees in early July to discuss the hospital’s mission, explain its funding needs and solicit support for its mission.

“It’s a great cause. Who wouldn’t want to help find a cure for kids with cancer? If Florida Fine Cars can contribute in some small way, count us in,” Suid said.

Money raised at the upcoming St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Dade and Palm Beach County will go back to the hospital to help further its mission: Finding cures and saving children.

“Donations allow us to ensure that no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food. We really want to make sure that parents can focus on helping their child get healthy,” Torres said.

St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent in 1962 when it first opened to 80 percent today. Doctors at St. Jude treat everything from brain tumors, leukemia and lymphoma as well as infectious diseases to immunodeficiency diseases, blood disorders, sickle cell disease and solid tumors.

St. Jude makes it easy for families to pick up their lives and move to Memphis to receive the best treatment in the world. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

To join Florida Fine Cars in an effort to support St. Jude through this fundraising event in south Florida, .

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