To commemorate October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pubbelly Sushi, under the direction of five-time James Beard Award Semi-Finalist Best Chef Southeast, José Mendín, is pleased to announce the “Drink Pink” fundraiser to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
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The promotion, which runs from Oct. 1-31, features the restaurant’s limited-time-only Pink Sangria ($16), made with sparkling rosé, a dash of sprite, guava, a whole muddled strawberry, and a twist of lime. A portion of proceeds from the sale of every cocktail will go to fund Sylvester’s wig program that provides free wigs for cancer patients and survivors.
“It’s our honor to continue our partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with this incredible and deserving organization,” says Chef Mendin. “The wig program is helping these amazing patients feel more like themselves while they’re going through treatment, and we are so grateful to be able to help.”
Sylvester is the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Florida, and only one of two in the entire state. The center has the largest Phase 1 Clinical trials program in the region, providing patients with hope and alternative treatments for more advanced and difficult-to-treat cancers.
There are more than 17 million cancer survivors in the United States, and many cope with the emotional and mental struggles of their treatment long after their last chemo or radiation appointment. Sylvester’s cancer support services team places emphasis on supporting the ongoing physical and emotional taxation that cancer survivors experience after their treatment. Hair loss is a particularly difficult side effect, and the free wig program empowers patients (both male and female) by encouraging a positive self-image in the face of this difficult life circumstance. Founded in 2017, the wig program provides roughly 300 patients with wigs, turbans or head scarves each year.
“Sylvester would not be able to help the hundreds of patients that we do without the kindness of others and their valuable philanthropic support,” says Tangela Hillery, Concierge Coordinator at the Cancer Resource Room, who fits each patient for their new look. “The generous donations received help us meet an important need for our patients — a need that helps to restore their self-image with no barriers. After their fittings, patients tell me ‘I feel normal, more like myself and can go out in public with confidence now.’”
Last year, the “Drink Pink” promotion at Pubbelly Sushi raised $3,850 for breast cancer research at Sylvester. Each wig costs the center $50, so the money raised during this year’s promotion provides help and dignity to many deserving patients and survivors.
The “Drink Pink” promotion will be available at all Pubbelly Sushi locations, including Aventura, Brickell City Centre, Dadeland and Miami Beach. Guests can toast to a cure for cancer and know that their support will go to Sylvester’s continuing efforts for cancer survivors and to research cutting-edge methods and treatments for this complex disease.