One of reasons I like Vero Beach so much is because of the way the residents and local government can take a united stand for a cause.
That way the case recently when it came to tobacco products and the youth that live here.
We recently printed a letter to the editor from a group of high school students who were urging their peers to step away from tobacco use.
It was refreshing to see the Vero Beach City Council take a similar stand back in February when they issued a proclamation urging retailers to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to the city's youth.
It's the examples of the adults and leaders of the community like the one shown here that the students can have something concrete to help them make the big personal decisions.
And with students taking that message and helping get it out in front of their peers can only help to increase awareness for everyone.
But there are topics just as serious that, hopefully, the community can help support as much as teenage smoking.
One of those is cancer, and I can tell by the many fundraisers that there are many people who have been touched by this disease.
Last week, Sebastian held their Relay for Life, and there's another one planned for Vero Beach on April 26 and one for the Beaches on May 3.
It's such a small, close-knit community we live in here, and to have enough teams and people to have three separate events to raise awareness is heartbreaking.
But I will be wearing my purple to show support for those days, and for a special one taking place on April 21 at Uncle Dom's on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.
The business is helping out a local family whose 7-year-old girl Julia has just been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Her grandmother has had to stop working to take care of her, and the business is hoping the fundraiser will take some of burden of her bills.
The fundraiser starts at 2 p.m., so stop by and take a stand of your own -- one that's for the community. In the end, it helps us all.
And for that, I thank you all.
Dawn Krebs is the Associate Managing Editor for Hometown News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org