By Beverly Perkins
Many came out to the Hollywood Beach Garfield Paddleboard Courts on a hot August day this past summer to benefit “I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation” in honor of Dylan D’Andrea. The second annual event raised almost $2,500 for the memorial fund set up by Dylan’s family.
The “I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation” supports the development of, and raises public awareness about, cutting-edge, targeted therapies for childhood cancer, so that the treatment of childhood cancer will be gentler and more tolerable.
More than 70 players remembered and honored Dylan D’Andrea with a special day of a “Hands vs. Paddles Out of the Hat Open” tournament, hosted by Jaime W. Pozo and Kelly Quinn. They played for over 8 hours in 90+ degree weather to raise funds for the cause. Additionally, many set up tables, cooked food, and donated water, Gatorade, and ice to keep players fueled and hydrated.
“Living in South Florida, I’ve been playing paddleball on Hollywood Beach for over 30 years, and realized it would be a great opportunity for my paddleball family to participate in a fun event, while supporting a beautiful cause and celebrating my son’s life,” said Kelly Quinn, Dylan’s mother. “They truly are a second family at Hollywood/Garfield Street Beach!”
Since 2007 “I Care I Cure” (ICIC) has funded over $1.6 million in research both locally and throughout the country. Quinn first learned about the organization from her co-worker Beth-Ann Krimsky, ICIC Board President. After speaking with her and learning of all the efforts and their mission, she knew she had to get involved.
Sadly, shortly after, Quinn lost her 17-year-old son in a tragic car accident. She wanted to bring something positive out of the tragedy, so their family has made their focus on “I Care I Cure” in Dylan’s memory. Each year they enter a team in the annual 5K Run, and now for the second year their very own Dylan D’Andrea Memorial Tournament.
“The family of Dylan D’Andrea experienced a tragic loss. No parent should have to bury a child,” said Babette Ferre-Kosar, Executive Director I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Kelly is an extremely strong and generous woman, and her ability to turn this tragedy into a supportive and successful event will hopefully prevent other parents from the heartbreak of losing a child in the future through better cures and treatments for childhood cancer.”
“Our Dylan D’Andrea 2nd Annual Memorial to benefit I Care I Cure was bigger and better than the last, and that’s solely due to the teamwork and friendship of everyone involved,” stated Quinn.