Focus On South Florida
Headquartered in Boca Raton, the “Gift of Life” Bone Marrow Foundation is a leading international bone marrow and blood stem cell registry. The nonprofit is committed to find life-saving matches for adults and children with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood disorders. On average, making possible more than 100 life-saving transplants each year! But there are a lot of misconceptions about bone marrow and the need for it. We focus on that and the work done by Gift of Life.
New details are revealed in the CBS4 News investigation of firefighters and cancer. CBS4 News exclusively obtained a report recently that could shed light on concerns over the danger of chemical exposure. Our chief investigator Michele Gillen continues our special report, “The Silent Killer”. We focus on that, and a viral campaign called “Save Our Firefighters”, started by firefighters’ wives in light of the cancer deaths and our investigation.
The Miami International Jazz Fest is returning for its second year. The festival is designed to highlight South Florida as the ideal destination for jazz lovers worldwide and within our community. And this year’s event promises to be extra special. We focus on that and also are treated to an in-studio performance by renowned jazz musician Martin Bejerano on the electric piano.
Celebrating people who have battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and taking action to finish the fight against the disease. That’s what the “Relay For Life” program is all about. And the American Cancer Society wants you to participate in its upcoming Miami Gardens event– which CBS4’s Irika Sargent will be emceeing. The relay is not a run or walk per se, we focus on how it works, and hear from a breast cancer survivor.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the nation’s largest nonprofit, working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. In South Florida, the chapter’s annual “Walk Like MADD” and the “MADD Dash” raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit community education, victim support services and youth programs. Later this month more than 2-thousand walkers and runners will take to the streets of Fort Lauderdale to participate in the 5th annual such event. We focus on how you can get involved and MADD’s mission.
Elijah wells is still in high school– but this local teen is already inspiring promise and change in South Florida’s Overtown community. Elijah is accomplishing this through the talent for filmmaking he first demonstrated at the young age of 13. And he recently was chosen from 15-hundred high school students nationwide to screen one of his videos at the 2nd annual White House Film Festival. Elijah shares his story, and portions of his short films and videos.
Local nonprofit organizations are going to be showcased at an upcoming gathering in downtown Miami. “Philanthrofest” is the nation’s largest community engagement festival. Its goal is to connect potential volunteers and donors to nonprofits. South Florida’s fourth annual “Philanthrofest” will transform Museum Park into a family-friendly event called “Carnival of Dreams”. We focus on what’s being planned, what “Philanthrofest” hopes to accomplish and why what they do is important to all of us.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. “Autism Speaks” is a national autism advocacy organization that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, We focus on the work it does, its signature fundraiser, and how you can be a part of it.
One in four Americans is affected by mental illness and the stigma attached to it is huge. That’s nearly 1-point-5 million Americans in South Florida alone. Many don’t seek the help they need for years, even decades, out of fear for being labeled. A South Florida businessman, who founded the nonprofit charity “Ride to Awareness”, is doing something about that, one mile at a time. We focus on what “Ride to Awareness” is about, and how you can get involved.
Across South Florida is an underlying, yet tireless show of support for U-S military service members, veterans and their families. The United Way of Broward County has been on a mission for two years now. “Mission United”, as it is called, has helped more than 15-hundred veterans and their families re-acclimate to civilian life. We focus on how “Mission United” works, what it does, and how you can show your support for our veterans and their bravery.