Secret donor gives $19,024 to Horseshoe Cove cancer drive

EAST MANATEE — At a community coffee for 300 at Horseshoe Cove RV Resort this morning, Linda Hager had a stunning surprise.

An anonymous donor had contributed a $19,024 cashiers check to match funds raised by the community in an American Cancer Society Mini Relay Walk.

The anonymous donation brought Horseshoe Cove’s total to $41,079.33.

In past years, the little community had never raised more than $11,000.

Elise Aubourg, community representative for the American Cancer Society, was speechless when the check was handed to her.

“I was full of tears, I couldn’t speak. It was a blessing and a miracle and we’re so thankful,” Aubourg said.

Alan and Linda Hager were co-chairs of the Horseshoe Cove fundraiser.

“Can you imagine? We sat there and cried,” Linda Hager said when a neighbor brought the check to her Wednesday night.

The check had been placed in an envelop with a note and taped to a neighbor’s door.

“Thank you for being my friends, I assure you I have prayed for you all,” the donor said in the note, and signed it simply, “A Friend.”