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Pembroke Pines Resident Cathy Balenovic to Lead Effort

Pembroke Pines, FL - Cathy Balenovic remembers that tragic day in August of 2012 as if it were yesterday.

“Our lives were indelibly changed when we suddenly lost our son, Luka,” said Balenovic. “He was only 25-years-old with his entire life ahead of him.”

What was incredibly impactful to Balenovic during that time period was how Luka’s death affected her youngest son, Tomi.

“He was just starting his freshman year and it really was a tough time,” she said. “Although there was a social worker on staff at his high school, there wasn’t a bereavement support group for students who have experienced traumatic loss.”

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Palm Beach, FL - The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation recently held the annual Chairman’s Reception to honor major donors.

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Wellington, FL - Polo and Philanthropy were the stars of the afternoon as Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation recently hosted the 3rd Annual Mimosas & Mallets Brunch at the International Polo Club in Wellington.

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West Palm Beach, FL - Brenda Duvall knows all too well what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer. Over the last ten years, Duvall has lost her father, mother, family members and friends to the disease, which killed an estimated 589,000 Americans in 2015.

“Cancer is a painful, debilitating and heart breaking disease,” said Duvall. “It not only slowly drains the life from the patient, it can break the caregiver’s heart and soul.”

Duvall said her experience with hospice care brought peace to her family during an extremely difficult time.

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West Palm Beach, FL - For Alicia Braaf, April 29, 2013, is a day that will be forever seared into her mind. The young mother of two had sent her husband, David, on a dinner mission to pick up pizza for the family on a quiet Monday evening. He never returned, only to be found in a car in the parking lot of a nearby shopping plaza, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds.

“I said no, this can’t be it,” said Braaf. Frantic, she arrived at the crime scene, only to have to identify her husband as the victim of a violent crime, and have her family’s entire world turned upside down.

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Riviera Beach, FL - Event Benefited the Children’s Bereavement Programs of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice by the Sea Foundations

Winners Crowned at Horizons Fishing Tournament Angler Kevin Wheat (center) and the team aboard the Miss Bella, which brought in the winning catch of the Horizons Fishing Tournament, a wahoo weighing in at 56.3 pounds

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