ALACHUA ‒ In an inspiring blend of cuisine and generosity, restaurants are joining the fight against cancer by participating in Relay for Life and donating a portion of their sales to the cause.

This past Wednesday, March 6, 2024, City of Alachua Commissioners and staff donned their restaurant aprons, serving breakfast and lunch at Mi Apa Latin Café in Alachua.

Known as “Stick a Fork in Cancer,” this event is replicated across the country as inspiration and support for those affected by cancer. Last Wednesday, the Alachua Mi Apa donated 25 percent of proceeds during the day to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

There were two shifts of volunteer servers, one for breakfast and one for lunch, staffed by City of Alachua staff and elected officials. The breakfast shift was run by City of Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper, Alachua Police Department (APD) Chief Jesse Sandusky, Assistant City Manager Rodolfo Valladares, APD Lieutenant Jason Moses and APD Officer Thomas Stanfield. The lunch shift included Commissioners Jennifer Blalock, Shirley Green Brown and Ed Potts as well as City Manager Mike DaRoza and Public Information Officer Kyler Burk.  

“The turnout from the community was nothing short of spectacular,” Coerper said. “It was a great event for an even greater purpose.”

The heartwarming initiative not only served up delicious meals and enjoyable company but also contributed to critical funding needed for cancer research, patient support, and community.

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