Health First Foundation Benefit Ball Raises More Than $451,000 for Health First Cancer Services
Funds Will Help Purchase Early Lung Cancer Detection Technology
ROCKLEDGE, FL –The 2015 Health First Foundation Benefit Ball on April 18 raised more than $451,000 for Health First Cancer Services and the purchase of state-of-the-art lung cancer detection equipment. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women.
"We are excited to have surpassed our fund-raising goal. The support from the community for this annual charity event is truly inspiring,” said Terry Mohr, Health First Foundation President. “The funds raised for Health First Cancer Services will help reduce the financial burden and unnecessary stress of extended travel out of the area for patients and their families during cancer treatments.”
With 500 to 700 new lung cancer cases each year in Brevard County, Health First is committed to providing the technology to aid in early detection of this deadly disease. The funds raised at this year’s Benefit Ball will go toward an endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and electronavigation bronchoscopy (ENB) equipment.
More than 475 guests attended “An Evening in Africa” on April 18 at the Clemente Center, which had been transformed into an African safari featuring giraffe, elephant and lion decorations and the sounds of tribal drum music.
Over the years, the Benefit Ball has raised more than $5 million for health and wellness services in Brevard. Past beneficiaries of the event include Hospice, Telemedicine, Emergency/Trauma Department, the daVinci Robotic Surgical System, Bright Star, VitalWatch, Digital Mammography Equipment, the NICU at Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, the Stroke Program and the Peripheral Vascular Laboratory.
Planning is already under way for next year’s Benefit Ball. To find out how to get involved or more information on how to support the Health First Foundation, please contact Sandy Grutta, Administrator Special Events at 321-434-7353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.