Fishing tournament to benefit Port St. Lucie teen battling glioblastoma
Port St. Lucie, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- The new Treasure Coast Snook Challenge fishing tournament this weekend will help raise money for a local teenager battling glioblastoma.
Kyle Vericella,19, of Port St. Lucie, was diagnosed with glioblastoma nearly one year ago.
Kyle’s case is shocking but also brings hope to others battling his aggressive, inoperable cancer. The teen has a passion for fishing. It’s something he has been doing nearly all of his life. But last year, that passion was put on pause. He started getting headaches, experiencing forgetfulness, and noticing blurry vision. His family took him to multiple doctors. Ultimately, they told him he had glioblastoma.
Aggressive treatments to tackle the golfball-sized tumor kept him off the water for months. But for the last several months, Kyle has noticed vast improvements in his condition. He’s regained mobility. His vision has improved. Best of all, he’s fishing again.
His tumor has decreased in size from a golf ball to a pea.
He is still facing months of chemotherapy. He takes frequent trips to Jacksonville to get MRIs. His family wants to be by his side through every step. But that all comes at a cost. Lewis created a non-profit organization this year, the First Light Giving Foundation, to help with Kyle’s recovery fund. The Treasure Coast Snook Challenge, organized through Lewis’s foundation, puts a new purpose behind Kyle’s passion.
Organizers hope for a strong turnout to also show support for Kyle, so he can continue being a source of hope for others.
You can still register to participate in the tournament. It runs February 1-2, 2020 at Sandsprit Park in Stuart. Registration is $75 for adults.
You do not have to fish to contribute to Kyle’s recovery. https://www.facebook.com/Treasure-Coast-Snook-Challenge