Relay Season Unites at Baptist’s Relay for Life 2017

March 11th, 2017

Hundreds of cancer survivors, their families and caregivers took an emotional and inspirational lap around the lake at Baptist Hospital during the 18th edition of the Relay for Life of East Kendall last  year. The event was created by the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a way to raise funds for research, education, and programs and services for patients and caregivers. More than 60 teams joined in a daylong relay around the lake as well, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the ACS. Relay events worldwide have raised nearly $5 billion to help fight cancer. On March 11th, 2017, we do it again!

The “Survivors and Caregivers Lap,” as it is officially known, was held in the foreground of the Miami Cancer Institute, an official sponsor of the event. The $430 million state-of-the-art facility currently under construction on the campus of Baptist Hospital, will house all cancer services under one roof, including the first proton therapy center in South Florida.

Grace Wang, M.D., an oncologist with Miami Cancer Institute, serves as vice chair of the Volunteer Leadership Board of the ACS of Miami-Dade County and sponsor chair for the Relay. She is touched by the nearly 6,000 luminaria lit around the lake to honor survivors and remember family and friends. “That shows we have lost too many people to cancer,” says Dr. Wang. “We have made great progress, but we have more work to do.”

Miguel Villalona Calero, M.D., deputy director and chief scientific officer at Miami Cancer Institute, and honorary chair of the Relay, points out the far-reaching effects of community support for Relay for Life. “These Relay events are extremely important, helping to fund researchers from around the nation,” he says. “A united front is needed now more than ever, when we have started to make gains in the battle against the many diseases cancer represents.”

The Baptist Health South Florida News was there as the survivors were honored. Watch it now!

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2017 Music Lineup Will Rock the Bayfront

Miami's best local music acts are coming to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

Miami’s best local music acts are coming to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
For the third year in a row, New Times has partnered with the Coconut Grove Arts Festival to showcase some of Miami’s best music talent during the holiday weekend.

The festival, now in its 54th year, is a certified Miami institution. The New Timesshowcase offers another dimension, with blues, Latin, jazz, fusion, and rock. Locos por Juana will headline day one of the festivities, and Suenalo and Palo! will keep the Grove crowds dancing all day. Latin music royalty Arthur Hanlon will also take the stage.

Texas trio Greyhounds and Miami native Roosevelt Collier’s All Star Jam will strip things down to a bluesier sound, but not before Patrick & the Swayzeesdeliver one of their notoriously rowdy, high-energy sets.

Fusion collective Electric Kif will close out the festivities Monday afternoon with the support of the Eric Vick Band, the Goodnites, and local rock stars SunGhosts.

54th-Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Saturday through Monday, February 18 through 20, at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $5 for Coconut Grove residents. Admission is free for ages 12 and under, as well as Metrorail Golden Passport and Patriot Passport holders. Visit cgaf.com.

2017 MIAMI DADE YOUTH FAIR

In Tamiami Park (Coral Way & SW 107th Avenue). Our home since 1972.

OPENING DAY OFFERS (Valid only on March 23rd, 2017)
$6.00 GENERAL ADMISSION – Pay $6.00 for general admission all day on Opening Day.

ADVANCE SALES OFFER – Purchase your general admission in advance online (click here to purchase) or at any participating Sedano’s Supermarket and each admission ticket purchased gets two guests into the 2017 Youth Fair on Opening Day.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY -Active and retired military personnel receive FREE admission to the 2017 Youth Fair with presentation of valid I.D. on Opening Day and every Wednesday.

FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY – Police and Fire Rescue personnel receive FREE admission to the 2017 Youth Fair with presentation of valid I.D. on Opening Day and every Wednesday.

The 2017 Youth Fair opens daily March 23 to April 16 except March 27-28 & April 3-4.