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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10
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VIRTUAL TOUR DE BROWARD RAISES MORE THAN $375,000 FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES AT JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL



Al & Jackie Fernandez, Caitlin Stella, Aurelio Fernandez, Lotsy Dotsy, Andrew Greenfield,
Jose Basulto, Eisner Dilhomme, Kevin Janser, Deandrah Dilhomme, Joey D.
 
February 28, 2021 – The 12th Annual ANF Group Tour de Broward raised more than $375,000 to expand programs, services, and facilities for kids and families at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, the hospital’s nonprofit foundation announced. In its 12-year history, Tour de Broward (www.tourdebroward.com) has now raised more than $5.5 million for pediatric healthcare in South Florida. 
 
To ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1,000 event participants completed a 50 or 100K bicycle ride, a 5K run, or 3K walk on their own during the month of February and submitted results online. The tour’s drive-thru celebration at Miramar Regional Park enabled supporters to receive their finisher’s medal, event t-shirt, and sponsor souvenirs from the safety of their own cars. 
 
“We’re thankful that even during a pandemic the community demonstrated their support for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital,” said Kevin Janser, senior vice president and chief development officer for Memorial Healthcare System. “Providing South Floridians ongoing access to the highest quality pediatric healthcare remains our focus and the expanded facility will enable us to serve even more kids with complex medical issues and their families.” 
 
During 2020, healthcare professionals at the pediatric facility cared for children needing more than 60,000 hospital outpatient visits, 7,000 pediatric surgeries, and 9,500 admissions and observation stays.    
 
“The legacy of Tour de Broward is its philanthropic impact for healthcare in South Florida,” said   Al Fernandez, president of ANF Group and Tour de Broward co-founder. “The event has now raised more than $5.5 million in its 12 years, with all of it going toward programs, services, and facilities that benefit children and families at ‘Joe D.’ 
 
My family is especially proud to have helped create such an enduring example of the power of community-focused philanthropy.”  
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A level one trauma center, it combines advanced technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it touches. 
 
The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities, and equipment that support the pediatric facility’s mission.
 
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