Viera High's Foreman enjoys volunteer experience


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Viera High junior Marco Foreman recently volunteered at the 14th annual Caring Hearts Benefit last month put on by the Cancer Care Centers Foundation and received praise for his effort.

Carl Kotala

Viera High junior Marco Foreman recently volunteered at the 14th annual Caring Hearts Benefit last month put on by the Cancer Care Centers Foundation and received praise for his effort. | PHOTO BY CARL KOTALAWhether it’s working a concession stand at Viera Regional Park or working with children at Viera High’s football camp, Marco Foreman likes to volunteer his time.

But this … this was something special.

Foreman was one of five Brevard County high school student leaders who volunteered at the 14th annual Caring Hearts Benefit last month put on by the Cancer Care Centers Foundation of Brevard.

The foundation, as described in a press release, provides assistance for cancer patients, alleviating them of their financial burdens to allow them to focus on healing. Through financial counseling, support groups, educational programs and participation in medical research projects, the CCC Foundation’s sole focus is to help cancer patients and their families.

“It sounded appealing to me because it’s a great cause — finding a cure for cancer and raising money for that,” said Foreman, a junior at Viera.

“And also, I got to see a bunch of influential people in Brevard County. It’s good to meet new people and to talk to them.”

Working with local leaders such as Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Foreman did everything from taking part in meetings leading up to the benefit to holding up signs and paintings at live and silent auctions to taking out the trash.

Foundation president Tom Drago requested the students because of their reputation for having integrity, being honest and hardworking.

Foreman, in particular, was praised for his leadership, work ethic and charisma in helping make the event a success.

The all-state defensive end got a lot out of it, too.

“I enjoy doing stuff like this,” he said. “It made me feel happy to give back to other people. It does look good for college resumes, as everyone knows — volunteer hours — but my favorite part about it was just meeting new people.”

In fact, Foreman enjoyed it so much, he plans on doing it again. And next time, he won’t be there alone.

“It was my first year doing this and they were really nice to me,” Foreman said. “They showed me around. I’m definitely going to come back next year and bring some friends.”