Manatee boy's cancer fight inspires Vitale to raise funds
MANATEE -- A 5-year-old Manatee County boy who fought cancer has inspired ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale to raise money for a research grant in the youngster's honor.
Eddie Livingston battled against bone cancer for two and a half years before succumbing to the disease on Nov. 24, Vitale indicated on his website.
Vitale, a Lakewood Ranch resident, met Eddie at The Broken Egg restaurant in Lakewood Ranch and promised the boy and his family that he would create a new foundation to combat childhood cancer.
"Eddie Livingston was an inspirational youngster who battled courageously against cancer," Vitale states on his website. "He was a very special child who absolutely loved Superman.
"We must help other kids in memory of Eddie," Vitale added. "The V Foundation for Cancer Research is making that possible."
Those who would like to donate to fight cancer in Eddie's honor are asked to send a check to The V Foundation, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, N.C., 27513 and reference Eddie Livingston on the check, Vitale said.
For information call 1-800-4jimmyV and reference Eddie Livingston, Vitale added.
Early Learning Coalition receives $30,000 donation
The charitable arm of the Hernando de Soto Historical Society has made a $30,000 donation to the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County.
Members of the society presented a check from the Conquistador Historical Foundation to Paul Sharff, Early Learning Coalition CEO, at last month's Jim Boyd Golf Classic at the Longboat Key Club's Harbourside Golf Course.
The Conquistador Historical Foundation, the society's nonprofit, promotes charitable, literary and educational opportunities for Manatee children and their families. The donation will be used to strengthen existing programs such as the De Soto Children's Parade and Party in the Park and provide new educational venues.
-- Herald Staff Report