We regret to inform you that Florida Fish For Life will no longer be operating or affiliated with the Buccaneer Cup Tournament. The Recreational Fishing Alliance, owners of the Buccaneer Cup, do not wish to continue with our long standing agreement to equally share in the charitable proceeds generated by the Tournament. Although greatly disappointed by this position, our Board of Directors have concluded that we must discontinue our efforts on behalf of the Recreational Fishing Alliance and the Tournament. We want to thank everyone who has enabled us to raise over $500,000 for cancer. We will keep you informed, as we develop our next event and our new direction is defined.
Board of Directors
Florida Fish For Life Inc.
About Florida Fish For Life
In 2001 I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and after surgery and 6 months chemotherapy I have become one of the lucky few to survive this deadly, yet very preventable disease. Wanting to make more people aware and to raise money for the cancer centers that specialize in research and treatment I looked to my love of big game fishing and started the Florida Fish for Life billfish tournament. In 2003 we where incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit. With the support of some very dear friends who have shared my desire to give back to their communities this event has grown significantly. We continue to run it with an all volunteer staff to minimize costs and maximize our donations.
Over the first twelve years Florida Fish for Life has generated over $550,000 for cancer centers in both Palm Beach and Philadelphia. Past donations have gone to the Southeastern Cancer Research Center of Palm Beach, the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, the Cleveland Clinic of Weston Florida, the Jupiter Medical Cancer Center and the Sari Asher Center.
We are proud to assure you that your entrance fees and donations go directly to support these fine institutions and the important work they are doing to isolate the causes, find a cure and treat those like me who are afflicted with colon cancer.
We must be pro-active with regard to our health. I would encourage all of you to take some time out of your busy schedules for a screening examination to check for early signs of this cancer. Early detection can save your life. Treatment of colon cancer in its earliest stages is remarkably successful, but if the disease is left unchecked the chance of survival drops precipitously. I pray you will take this awareness message seriously and tell your family and friends, too. Colon cancer is one disease where a little prevention and early screening definitely saves lives.