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                                                          Good Works

      Treasure Coast Hospice And                         one of our pediatric partners,” said Little Smiles Executive   About Little Smiles Of Florida

      Little Smiles Of Florida                           Director Nicole Mercado. “Their pediatric program, Little     Little Smiles of Florida, a nonprofit organization based in
                                                                                                           Palm Beach County, helps kids from Fort Pierce to Miami be
                                                         Treasures, is truly a model in providing specialized palliative
      Partner To Bring Joy To                            care for children and teens facing life-limiting illnesses and   kids during difficult times. Founded in 1999, the organization
                                                                                                           brings smiles to the faces of children in hospitals, shelters, and
                                                         support for their families. Little Smiles looks forward to
      Pediatric Patients                                 working with the Little Treasures Team by helping them   other facilities through events, activities, and gifts. Little Smiles
                                                         with individual requests or program-wide activities that will   has partnered with more than 35 pediatric facilities from Fort
        Treasure Coast Hospice announced recently that it has   bring smiles to their pediatric patients.”  Pierce to Miami, serving close to 50,000 individuals throughout
      partnered with Little Smiles of Florida to help bring smiles     The first collaboration planned by the programs was   the region in 2021.
      and special moments to the children and teens receiving care   a UCF-themed Tailgate Party for an Okeechobee patient.   About Treasure Coast Hospice
      through its Little Treasures Pediatric Care Program.   Since the teen’s plans to attend college have been put on     Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, Treasure Coast
        Little Smiles of Florida, a nonprofit organization based in   hold, the Little Treasures Team wanted to do something   Hospice is a nonprofit community organization of skilled
      Palm Beach County, helps kids from Fort Pierce to Miami be   special to lift his spirits. With the support of Little Smiles,   professionals and dedicated volunteers whose mission is to
      kids during difficult times. Founded in 1999, the organization   this young student enjoyed a “game-day experience” at his   provide access to compassionate, caring, expert and professional
      brings smiles to the faces of children in hospitals, shelters,   home surrounded by family and friends.   hospice and grief support services to patients and families at the
      and other facilities through events, activities, and gifts.  About Treasure Coast Hospice’s Little Treasures Program  end of life. Founded in 1982, Treasure Coast Hospice has grown
        “Treasure Coast Hospice is honored to be the first hospice     Little Treasures is Treasure Coast Hospice’s specialized   to serve more than 4,000 patients annually in Martin, St. Lucie
      organization to partner with Little Smiles of Florida,”   pediatric program. The goal of the program is to improve   and Okeechobee counties. Thanks to the generous support of
      said Director of Grief Support & Pediatric Services Jacki   the quality of life for children and teens with life-limiting   our community, the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation is able
      Nardone. “Our team is trained to provide the specialized care   illness by supporting the entire family with palliative and   to fund comprehensive hospice and grief support programs for
      that pediatric patients need but it’s the extra things that they   hospice care. By surrounding patients and their families   Treasure Coast Hospice, including three inpatient units for those
      choose to do for our Little Treasures and their families that   with individualized care and support, the interdisciplinary   who need a higher level of care, the specialized pediatric program
      make their work so rewarding. Partnering with Little Smiles   Little Treasures Team addresses the medical, psychosocial   Little Treasures, music therapy, massage therapy, virtual reality
      will give us more opportunities to create special moments that   and spiritual concerns of those they care for by providing   experiences, individual and group bereavement services, and
      will become cherished memories for our pediatric families.”  intensive pain and symptom management along with   Camp Good Grief for children who have experienced the loss
        “It is my pleasure to announce Treasure Coast Hospice as   counseling, guidance and education.     of a loved one.

      FAU Harbor Branch

      Oceanographic Institute
      Commemorates 50 Years Of

      Ocean Science For A Better
      World     ®

        FAU Harbor Branch
      Oceanographic Institute
      commemorated  50 Years
      of Ocean Science for a                             Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., executive director, FAU Harbor Branch   Guests (from left to right) Brian Carney, president and CEO,
      Better World  and the                              and Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, Ph.D.,   TDI, SDI International Training; Stephanie Miele, COO,
      finale of the 2022 50th                            standing in front of the Johnson-Sea-Link I submersible.   TDI, SDI International Training; and Ken Pruitt, former
      Anniversary Ocean Science                                                                            Florida Senate president, enjoying the reception portion of
      Lecture Series season                                Local veteran journalist, Anthony Westbury, moderated   the event.
      with a panel discussion                            the discussion with remarks from FAU President John
      and special reception on  Guests Lili O’Dare, ONE   Kelly. During the evening, guests traveled back in     The more than 150 guests in attendance included
      April 20. Renowned faculty  Sotheby’s International   time to the institute’s inception, 1971, when founder J.   representatives from Ocean Crusader Sponsor, L3Harris,
      members John Reed, M.Sc.;  and Shannon Gordon, FAU   Seward Johnson Sr. of the Johnson & Johnson family, in   as well as the Link Foundation and other notable
      Dennis  Hanisak,  Ph.D.;  Harbor Branch Benefactors   collaboration with famed inventor Edwin A. Link, had a   community members. The panel discussion was followed
      Brian  Lapointe, Ph.D.;  Society member, enjoying the   vision to create an institute to preserve the environment   by a celebratory reception where guests mingled with the
      Shirley Pomponi, Ph.D.;  reception portion of the event.   through a scientific understanding of the ocean. Fifty years   institute’s faculty and students.
      and Executive Director Jim                         later, the institute is a trusted leader and expert resource
      Sullivan, Ph.D. regaled invitees with intimate stories about   for marine science research, conservation and education.  Good Works on page 7
      their ground-breaking research and the rich history of the
      world-renowned Oceanographic Institute.

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