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November 10, 2018

2nd Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Weekend 

5K Walk/Run (Location: Curtiss Mansion / Time: 7am)
The morning will begin with our 2018 5K Walk/Run in beautiful Miami Springs, FL. The event includes a pre-race warm-up, live music, food trucks, face-painting, arts & crafts, and a Color Bar hosted by Kendra Scott. There are so many ways to participate:
♦Run/Walk as a Timed Participant
♦Fundraise as a Team or an Individual
♦Be a Virtual Participant
♦Volunteer
This event is open to all ages and skill levels, so please invite your family, friends, classmates, & colleagues to sign up. Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Gala (Location: Rubell Family Collection / Time: 8pm – 12am)
Please join Rose & Oscar and supporters of the Foundation for a night of live music by Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban funk band PALO!, casino games, exquisite food, open bar, and dancing. Unique silent auction items will be available, as well as the opportunity to win a painting created on-site by New York based live artist Chiara Mecozzi during the Gala. In its first year, the 2017 SebastianStrong Gala raised over $200,000 for pediatric cancer research & was attended by 300 guests, including community business leaders from across the United States, supporters of the Foundation, as well as Sebastian’s family & friends. We hope you’ll join us at our biggest fundraiser of the year as we continue racing to cure childhood cancer!

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See What Our Supporters Are Saying:

We support the SebastianStrong Foundation because children deserve a fair chance in fighting cancer.  Investment in childhood cancer is only a fraction of the monies invested in other types of cancer. We believe in the mission of SebastianStrong because we believe in Sebastian and his fight.”

Patricia M. Hernandez, Founding Partner, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

I support the SebastianStrong Foundation because as a parent it pains me to think about the very limited treatments available for children diagnosed with cancer. Raising awareness is critical in funding the research needed to provide more effective cures. With all of the advances in the treatment of other diseases (including other types of cancers) it’s mind-boggling to me why it is that the treatment of childhood cancer has been such a laggard.

Jose E. Cueto, President & CEO, International Finance Bank

Bank Director is excited to be involved in the fight to find less toxic cures for childhood cancer. We are so proud to join the many banks that support SebastianStrong Foundation.

Joan Susie, Chairman of the Board, Bank Director

At Professional Bank we value building relationships within our community! We also value & take pride in giving back by partnering up with organizations with important worthy causes. This is why we are proud to support the SebastianStrong Foundation & its mission to increase awareness of childhood cancer & help fund research for less toxic & more targeted cures. These causes are a reminder that we must not only be good as a company, but we must also do good!

Danny Martinez, Executive Vice President, Professional Bank

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer is not a dream, it’s a reality. It’s not an “if” but a “when”. US Century Bank is committed to our community & its children in ways big & small & supporting SebastianStrong Foundation is one of the many ways we help fight the fight & find a cure.

Luis de la Aguilera, President, CEO, & Director, US Century Bank

My family & I support SebastianStrong because we believe in the mission of “kids deserve better”. As a father of two, I cannot sit back knowing the stats on how underfunded pediatric cancer research is & do nothing. Kids deserve more targeted, less toxic treatments & in order to make that a reality, raising awareness & funding is critical. The work that SebastianStrong is doing on behalf of kids is so important & that is why my family & I will always support them.

Taylor Binder & Family

We can think of no better way to fight pediatric cancer than to join with the loving parents and friends of young people who have battled this awful set of diseases, and who are leading the way to eliminating them.  We support the SebastianStrong Foundation to help bring a cure for pediatric cancers and to honor Sebastian Ortiz, a young man whose life so clearly demonstrates both the good that is in our young people and the huge loss our society suffers when they are taken so early in their promising lives.

Robin and Bill King

We support SebastianStrong because foundations such as SebastianStrong are critical to funding research for cures and treatment options for pediatric cancers.  Because they are rare, childhood cancers simply do not get the attention and funding that adult cancers do. We want to do our part in spreading this awareness.

But mostly we support SebastianStrong and the Ortiz family because we are in awe of the strength and resolve they have shown in creating this foundation so that other children and families have better options and better outcomes. Rose and Oscar can count on our love and support until the day that such foundations are no longer needed.

Aileen Mendez & Family

I am humbled by your fervor and dedication. It is an honor to be able to participate in SebastianStrong!

Isabel Interian, Catering Director, Incredibly Catered Events

I embrace the efforts of SebastianStrong Foundation because of the dedication of Rosa and Oscar Ortiz to help find a cure to end childhood cancer after they lost that battle when their son, Sebastian, fell victim to childhood cancer. But he lives on through SebastianStrong. Additionally, almost 100% of funds raised go directly to these research efforts. Run Sebastian, Run!

Carl Gallo, Owner, Station America

I support SebastianStrong Foundation because of the memory of one of the most wonderful young men anyone will ever meet. To cherish & honor his name, to try to help children facing cancer as Sebi did, to ease that journey in Sebastian Ortiz’s name is truly a worthwhile cause.

Carmen Diaz

Make your tax deductible donation on-line or mail to SebastianStrong Foundation, P.O. Box 661156, Miami Springs, FL 33266.

SEBASTIANSTRONG FOUNDATION IS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. ◊ EIN 81-5044002 ◊ DONATIONS MADE TO SEBASTIANSTRONG FOUNDATION ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE IN THE UNITED STATES. ◊ A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) OR VISITING WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Make your tax deductible donation on-line or mail to SebastianStrong Foundation, P.O. Box 661156, Miami Springs, FL 33266.

SEBASTIANSTRONG FOUNDATION IS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. ◊ EIN 81-5044002 ◊ DONATIONS MADE TO SEBASTIANSTRONG FOUNDATION ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE IN THE UNITED STATES. ◊ A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) OR VISITING WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.