Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release

Florida Cancer Specialists’ Patients Set Sail for a Healing Day at Sea


Naples, FL - March 9, 2017……… More than two dozen Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) patients and their caregivers set sail on Wednesday, March 8, for a relaxing afternoon on the water, courtesy of Sailing Heals, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that hosted the event. This was the fourth annual lunch and healing sail, conducted in partnership with volunteer host captains from the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club.

Brad Prechtl, CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists, said, “A relaxing few hours on a sailboat can make a big difference in the lives of patients and their families who are affected by cancer. It is extremely gratifying to see our patients enjoying such a memorable experience. We are grateful to Sailing Heals and to the volunteer captains from the Naples Yacht Club for providing this opportunity to our patients and their families.”

FCS Founder and President, Dr. William Harwin, added, “Patients’ attitudes often do affect outcomes, so this experience does have a therapeutic benefit. Activities that relieve stress and worry and allow patients and their caregivers to enjoy life are just what the doctor ordered.”

Florida Cancer Specialists medical oncologist Dr. Susan Morgan and other FCS team members helped coordinate the guests for the event and joined in the festivities. Dr. Morgan said, “Sailing Heals offers FCS patients who are going through one of the greatest challenges in life a chance to get away from it all and simply enjoy a healing day out on a beautiful boat and create wonderful memories with family and friends. And, because cancer can also present financial challenges for families, we love the fact that it’s complimentary to our guests!”

Since beginning in 2011, Sailing Heals -- with support from Panerai, Eisai Pharmaceuticals and private donors -- has hosted seaside lunches and yachting events in over 20 ports in nine different states for nearly 2500 VIP guests. Sailing Heals matches owners of beautiful boats (sailing or motorized) with patients and their caretakers and hosts them for complimentary sails, often accompanied by a water-side lunch or picnic. Invitations to participate in the Sailing Heals program are by word-of-mouth through medical personnel.

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About Sailing Heals:
Sailing Heals is a 501(c)(3) organization which offers enjoyable sailing experiences to VIP patient guests, their caretakers and staff who would benefit from a memorable and healing day on the water. Originating in Marblehead, MA, its mission is to give people in need an "escape for a spirit-lifting day at sea." Sailing Heals is supported by generous donors and sponsors, such as Founding Sponsor Officine Panerai, (an Italian-designed, Swiss-made fine watchmaker which is the title sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge), Eisai Pharmaceuticals, an active Board of Directors, over 200 Host Captains, Donors and Volunteers. For more information, visit www.sailingheals.org.

About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute: (FLCancer.com)
Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 200 physicians, 160 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and nearly 100 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home.

Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida. 84% of new cancer drugs approved in 2015 for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials conducted with FCS participation*. Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state's leading hospitals.

FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Daytona/Palm Coast, Vero Beach/Sebastian and in Palm Beach County.

Florida Cancer Specialists has built a national reputation for excellence that is reflected in exceptional and compassionate patient care, driven by innovative clinical research and cutting-edge technologies that help advance targeted treatments and genetically-based immunotherapies, and embodied by our outstanding team of highly-trained and dedicated physicians, clinicians and staff.

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