2017 Childhood Cancer Awareness 5K (November 4, 2017)
Our 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk was held in our beautiful hometown of Miami Springs, FL, where Sebastian was born and raised. It included a morning filled with exercise, socializing, live music, food trucks, a DJ, face painting, and lots & lots of love and hope. With approximately 1000 supporters in attendance, including race participants & volunteers, we could not have asked for a better show of support at our first 5K. Thank you to all of our family and friends (old & new) for making it so special.
Check out the story at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=8Pdp1bVkCrU&app=desktop
2017 Havana Paraiso Gala (November 4, 2017)
Our Havana Paraiso Gala was held at Brothers & Brawlers in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. It was a fantastic night with friends, featuring live music from Miami’s own Spam Allstars, casino games, open bar, delicious latin-inspired foods, and a silent auction. Artwork was donated by well-known artists, including Humberto Benitez, Alejandro Mijares, George Rodez, & Jason Skeldon, Thank you to all who helped make the evening such a success.
Castaways Against Cancer: Kayaking for the Cure
“Just Breathe” (June 10-16, 2017)
Thanks to a very special group of people, the SebastianStrong Foundation was given the opportunity to raise funds for childhood cancer awareness & research through the efforts of the Castaways Against Cancer (www.castawaysagainstcancer.com). Each year, for the past 18 years, a group of paddlers launch off in their kayaks from Key Biscayne, FL for a grueling 160 mile journey to Key West, FL to raise money for cancer research. This year, Eric Pino, Sebastian’s Cross Country coach, paddled a kayak in honor of Sebastian and allowed us to fundraise through his efforts. The stunning kayak was painted/wrapped by local artist Alejandro Mijares. We are thrilled to announce that this campaign was a huge success! Thanks to all of our generous donors we raised over $87,000.
We look forward to working with the Castaways Against Cancer for many years to come. A BIG THANK YOU to all the donors, sponsors, paddlers, road crew, and artist Alex Mijares for making this possible. And, an EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to Eric Pino – for being such a special person in Sebastian’s life, to Luis de la Aguilera – for coordinating this joint venture, and to Crowe Horwath, Bank Director, & Professional Bank – for their generous contributions to the SebastianStrong Foundation.
Check out the story at: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/06/12/castaways-against-cancer-raising-funds-during-long-kayak-trip/
Fundraiser at Chipotle (August 27, 2017)
On August 27th, SebastianStrong partnered with Chipotle for a fundraiser. What an amazing show of support! What a great
community of friends & family! Thank you to Chipotle and the over 200 people who came out on a rainy Sunday to enjoy
some tasty Mexican food, good conversation, the company of friends – new & old, and to raise awareness and funds for
childhood cancer research.