Starke To Take Part In Community Development Initiative
More Stories in Video
A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bee Informed Partnership found that the country’s bee population is dwindling. Florida’s bee colonies, however, are growing, and local beekeepers see a problem with the national numbers.
Todd Blake’s life changed when he was diagnosed with cancer during his freshman year at UF. He has since graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has founded an organization to help other young adults battling cancer.
A local non-profit organization is lighting up children’s faces at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Caleb’s Pitch, which coordinates hospital activities for children battling cancer, was founded in 2010 by Tim Jacobbe, a Gainesville resident, after his 8-year-old nephew, Caleb Jacobbe, passed away.
Jeannette Rizzi has written a one-woman show, hosts a podcast, and is working on a documentary she hopes will get picked up by HBO. But the Alachua native’s motivation for her life’s work is rooted in a tragic loss that sent shockwaves through the small-town community two decades ago.
Marvene Edwards tested positive for HIV in 1987. The 31-year-old mother of four was beaten, raped and shot in the head after walking home alone one night. She lived a life of drug and alcohol abuse for nearly a decade, but today she’s giving back to others with HIV/AIDS in the community.