April 19, 2016
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.
“They came with song, smiles, strength, prayers and open arms,” she said. “They shared with us their knowledge of the steps in the process of dying, taking some of the fear away.”
Duvall and her husband, Michael, both avid sailors, became members of the Hospice Regatta committee and were instrumental in bringing the event to Hospice by the Sea. On Saturday, May 21, they will race their sailboat, Magic, in the 6th Annual Hospice Regatta, in honor of hospice caregivers, and in remembrance of their loved ones who have lost their battles with cancer.
Sailboats from around South Florida will convene off the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach to compete in the event, presented by Holman Automotive. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the programs and services provided by Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Broward County.
The 2016 Hospice Regatta will begin at 11 a.m. with the first race signal. Following a day of racing, skippers, crew members, friends, family, guests, and supporters of the Regatta will gather for the post-race awards dinner at Coral Ridge Yacht Club. Attendees will enjoy dinner and dancing, live entertainment and a silent auction.
“The Foundation is dedicated to supporting outstanding services provided by Hospice by the Sea and Hospice of Broward County. These services include bereavement programs for children and adults, music therapy, caregiver support, and numerous other programs that help families like Brenda Duvall’s, who are dealing with the complexities of caring for a loved one suffering from a life-limiting illness,” said Greg Leach, Foundation President. “We are pleased to once again bring the Hospice Regatta to the shores of Fort Lauderdale and raise awareness to our important mission.”