LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Who doesn't love ice cream to cool down on a hot Southwest Florida day? One ice cream truck is doing more than selling cold treats: it's helping southwest Floridians beat breast cancer.
Jennifer Sussman has the cure for a hot day, but she's hoping one day for cure for breast cancer.
Jennifer and her husband Brian are Pine Island residents. They hit the road in Captain Nebulas Ice Cream truck starting on Easter this year.
The mission is to raise money to help those affected by breast cancer, and it's personal.
"My husband lost his mother. We actually lost his mother before we were married so it kind of hit because we didn't have her at our wedding. He also lost his aunt, her sister, both of them died of breast cancer. And then he also lost an uncle to skin cancer," she said.
To date the Sussmans have raised about 600 dollars.
Tips from sales go to the American Cancer Society.
A portion of the ice cream cost itself is donated to From Our Hearts, a Pine Island non-profit dedicated to helping people financially through screenings and treatment.
"We serve 5 different zip codes, 4 of them directly on Pine Island," said president Mary Scott.
"We'll take your money, we'll spread it locally, we'll keep it locally, and they're out there doing a wonderful job. Who can turn down ice cream?" Scott said.
This truck is the Sussman's way of giving back, and not giving up: driven to conquer cancer one tasty treat at a time.
"It's a warm wonderful feeling. For both of us, especially my husband. Especially since Brian lost so many people," Jennifer said.
The ice cream truck serves Lee County, with routes in Cape Coral, Matlacha, and Fort Myers.
They also attend events. For more information, give them a call at (239) 576-9770.
From Our Hearts is also hosting Octover-Breast, to be held at Miceles, on Matlacha, Sunday October 21st. You can listen to live bands, participate in a raffle and auction. Money raised goes to From Our Hearts.
To learn more about them, visit their website www.fromourheart.org