In 2019, there will be an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,880 cancer deaths in the United States according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer affects nearly one in three people in the United States during their lifetime.
Through the generosity of MVA and the broader community, the 2019 Night for the Cure event raised $30,000 to benefit local charities! This year marked the 10th anniversary of Night for the Cure, which was established to honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer. All proceeds directly support organizations that help South Lake County families including Cornerstone Hospice, Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation and the University of Florida Shands Cancer Hospital.
Students and families came out in droves to support the event. What began as a small community event has grown into a large event that features moving ceremonies, a group lap around the track, music, sponsored booths to raise funds, luminaries, fellowship, and more. Students, staff and faculty volunteer to assist Kyle Clapper, Montverde Academy teacher and event director, to manage and execute the event, but next year, students will manage the entire event with staff support. Matthew Karen (’20) will serve as event director, and he trained alongside Mr. Clapper this year to gain experience with plans to take over next year.
“It has been an incredible and rewarding experience for me to have been involved in this event,” said Mr. Clapper. “Looking over the past 10 years, Night for the Cure has been able to donate more than $100,000 to make a difference in people’s lives, an amazing feat considering NFC's humble beginnings. It is not the dollars donated which makes NFC so special. It is the love, support, and dedication of the students, families, staff, and faculty who make it an extraordinary event.”
Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff, faculty, students and more who made the event possible! It was another amazing Night for the Cure!