GAINESVILLE, FL: Celebrate the last full moon of the winter with the FULL MOON BRUNCH BASH at Curia’s beer garden. Enjoy brunch, mimosas and select coffee brews from Sweetwater Organic Coffee, shop local vendors, and be entertained by drag performances - - all while supporting The Road to Rachel fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit rare cancer research and support services for young adult cancer survivors.

Full Moon Brunch Bash

Where: Curia’s on the Drag, 2029 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609

Date: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2004

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

.Tickets: $40 (includes brunch, coffee tasting and raffle tickets)

This fundraising event is hosted by Kyle Giest, who graduated from UF in 2014. In 2018, while living in Gainesville, Kyle was diagnosed with a rare soft tissue cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma and was treated at UF Shands hospital. After 3 years in remission, Kyle’s cancer returned and he moved to Pittsurgh to live with his mom and receive treatment. “At this point it was really scary,” explains Giest, “as treatments for metastasized sarcomas haven’t improved for decades.”

While going through treatment in Pittsburgh, Giest discovered the 37-mile, one-day Rachel Carson Hiking Challenge, which he tackled in June, 2023. This year, Giest will be back on the trail, this time raising money for much-needed rare cancer research (Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma) and support services for young adults with cancer (Young Adult Survivors United.)

Giest will be returning to Gainesville for the first time since being re-diagnosed in 2022 to kick off The Road to Rachel Fundraiser. April Williams of Curia on the Drag is happy to work with Kyle on the fundraiser. “Kyle is an amazing and positive human that I got the opportunity to meet here in Gainesville and work with for a short time at Curia. I’m honored to have Curia be part of this fundraiser and to have the support of so many other local businesses that have jumped at the chance to be involved as well.”

Link to the event and tickets

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