DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2013) – Daytona State College student groups will come together on Sept. 26 to help raise awareness about mesothelioma and rally in support of a popular professor battling a rare form of the disease.
The event, free and open to the public, will be held in The Landing on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student groups representing the college’s School of Health Careers, Science Club, Rotaract and others will participate in the day’s activities.
“While my co-coordinator, Chris Rivera, and I are taking a positive approach to the event, with games, raffles and live entertainment provided by Matt Miller Productions and The Oggies, our primary goal is to increase awareness about mesothelioma and raise funds to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation,” said Kristin Mixell, event organizer and adjunct professor at Daytona State.
Mixell said the idea for the event, timed with National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, was sparked in part to honor a Daytona State science professor, Dr. Rick Doolin, who is undergoing treatment for a rare form of the disease.
“Rick is an extremely popular and dynamic teacher, well-known for his ability to break down very difficult subject matter in a uniquely humorous way so students can learn the material,” said Mixell, herself a former student of Doolin’s. “Many of the students enrolled in the School of Health Careers have had him as their instructor for their required anatomy prerequisites.”
A Facebook page called Team Doolin has received over 700 likes since July and is filled with encouraging comments by the professor’s current and former students.
Mixell said donations for the event thus far have been provided by Tia Cori’s Restaurant; the law firm of Pappas, Russell & Rawnsley; Zappi’s Italian Garden Restaurant; Cinematique; the Daytona Playhouse; the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Daytona Lagoon; the Museum of Arts and Sciences; Sweet Marlay’s Coffee; the Jack White Land Co.; Rhokkoh’s Frozen Yogurt; Backyard Boys Bar-B-Que; and the Curiosity Shop.
To learn more about mesothelioma, visit www.curemeso.org/awareness. Team Doolin also has set up a fundraising page to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at www.curemeso.org/fundraising/teamdoolin.
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