South Florida Hospital News
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June 2011 - Volume 7 - Issue 12




Student Starts Foundation and Raises Funds for Cancer

Andrea L. Collins, a high school junior, started a foundation and is continuing its efforts to collect caps and hats for cancer patients and raise funding and awareness for cancers.

(l-r) Michael Kesti; Maria C. Kesti; Andrea Collins, President & Founder of Caps4Cancers; Harriet Carter, The Office of US Con. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Doral Vice Mayor Michael Dipietro; and Jose Garcia, Rotary Club of Doral; at the Relay For Life Event in Doral.
The foundation, Caps4Cancers, was founded last year when Andrea was 16 years old and a sophomore in high school in Miami. She had the idea when she was made aware of one of the side-effects of cancer treatment, losing one’s hair, and realized how that might impact the self-esteem of a patient. She decided to begin to collect caps and hats to donate to the patients for this reason and also as a protection from exposure from the sun and the damage that might create. “These patients are going through so much fighting the cancer. And I wanted to find a way to make them feel better and not be embarrassed about their hair loss,” stated Andrea Collins, the Founder & President of Caps4Cancers.
“My family, like many others, has been devastated by cancer, and this provides an opportunity to bring some additional attention to efforts to help those affected,” Collins stated. Andrea’s grandfather died at an early age from cancer, her cousin died from cancer when he was only 46 years old, and others in the family and close friends have suffered from this disease. “My mother (Maria Kesti) started taking me to Rotary Club meetings at a very young age and I learned from these members and her to do what you can to help out in the community.”
Earlier this year, the Ann Taylor store in Dadeland Mall hosted a fundraiser and awareness shopping event for Caps4Cancer. Also, Kent Crook, President of Wiremasters Electric, Inc., donated caps and funds to Caps4Cancers. And recently, Andrea volunteered and agreed to be a Team Captain for the Relay For Life event in Doral, Florida. She recruited others to join her team and solicited donations for the event held last month that raised in excess of $118,000. Not only did she exceed her fundraising goal for the event, she managed a booth at the event for Caps4Cancers and had friends and family stay overnight with her. In addition, she had obtained a Barry Gibb autographed guitar for the auction to help raise additional funds.
For more information, or to donate, contact Andrea Collins, Founder & President, at (305) 332-3367 or or visit their website at


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