By Kevin Maher 

Not My Daughter… Find a Cure Now raised $100,000 for cancer research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Sylvester Comprehensive Center in Plantation. 

Created by women affected by breast cancer, Not My Daughter aims to fight the disease. On October 24, they held their annual cancer research fundraiser, shopping boutique, and luncheon at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel & Convention Center.

On top of continuing to support the Center in Plantation, the funds are helping start a high-risk, early intervention program for the offspring of breast cancer patients and the creation of another cancer support services center at Sylvester’s Deerfield location, with the hopes of opening in 2024. 

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The fundraiser, luncheon, and shopping boutique had 550 seated guests, 40 different businesses, 95 dancers from the Dance Theater of Parkland, and about 25 children from Broadway Bound singing in Nadine Shapiro’s memory. 

“Nadine Shapiro was a local icon in the performance community for children, and she lost her battle with breast cancer this year, so we honored her memory,” said Jody Sternfield, one of the founding members of Not My Daughter. 

Not My Daughter…Find a Cure Now! Raises $100,000 for Cancer Research
Jody Sternfield and Denyse Hostig. {Not My Daughter}

The event also had a fashion show featuring alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet, produced by Bloomingdales of Boca Raton.

“So many different facets of the community participated, from all of the volunteers to all the local businesses; literally hundreds and hundreds of businesses touched this event,” Sternfield said. “It’s super important because, unfortunately, I do not know an adult that hasn’t in some way been affected by breast cancer.” 

Not My Daughter plans to have their next main event for cancer research on October 30, 2023. 

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Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher is a University of Florida journalism graduate with an interest in investigative journalism. Kevin has also worked at The Independent Florida Alligator and WUFT News.

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