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A section of Hobie Beach of Key Biscayne was recently renamed Castaways Against Cancer Beach. 

To make the effort possible, Castaways Against Cancer teamed up with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, District 7 Commissioner Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation and Open Spaces Department Director Maria Nardi.

“I am very proud of this effort to honor those impacted by cancer and those who fight against it, by renaming this beach that holds so much significance for so many,” said Mayor Levine Cava in a news release.  

Castaways — a nonprofit team of paddlers, cyclists, runners, and landlubbers committed to the fight against cancer—  that raises money through the use of volunteers by hosting annual races, according to the organization’s website. The work of volunteers has helped the organization raise more than $2.3 million since its inception.  

Many volunteer participants of the organization have had experiences with cancer themselves– some cancer survivors, others have lost family members to the disease, according to a news release.  

Each summer, Castaways volunteer team of athletes participates in a relay race from Miami to Key West to raise awareness and funding for those battling the disease. The race is split up in three sections for kayakers, runners and cyclists who battle it out for nearly 170 miles. 

“It takes a village to prepare for a weeklong tour like this one! Each participant trains on his or her own to ensure they are physically ready for the challenge” said Eric Pino, Captain of the Castaways Against Cancer.

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This week, a group of runners will depart Wednesday and the cyclists will leave Friday. The two groups will later join kayakers on Simonton Beach in Key West Friday. 

The County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to rename the section of the beach on behalf of contributions made by Castaways Against Cancer, including research, raising awareness and fundraising.  

“Our parks bring the community together. They are places of resilience, strength and healing. We are thrilled to acknowledge the work of Castaways Against Cancer through the renaming of this section of Hobie Beach as Castaways Against Cancer Beach,” Nardi said.

TATIANA PINHEIRO is a reporter for Miami Fourth Estate, working in an internship program under the auspices of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she is a graduate student.

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TATIANA PINHEIRO is a reporter for Miami Fourth Estate, working in an internship program under the auspices of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she is a...