This week, we’re using this space to highlight ways to support some of the good work being done on the Key. Don’t worry, though: The Three Things We’d Like to See This Week are as easy as going to a ball game, logging onto your computer or marking your calendar.

Take yourself out to the ballgame

Kyle Dodds grew up on the Key with mom Cindy, dad Mark and brother Logan. Loving, funny and loyal, he excelled at sports and loved playing Key Rats football so much that he’d lay out his uniform the night before a game in his excitement.

Kyle passed away September 26, 2016, a victim of America’s opioid crisis. He had been injured playing football against bigger kids while in high school, and his doctor prescribed hydrocodone after surgery on both shoulders. It “woke up the monster,” as Cindy put it.

Now, the Dodds family is fighting to break the stigma that addiction is a moral choice. It’s not. It’s a disease, and it’s costing promising young people their lives: 58,000 died in 2015, 64,000 in 2016, 67,000 in 2017. As Cindy said, “We are going in the wrong direction as Americans.”

You can help tomorrow, and it’s as easy as taking in a ballgame. Join the Dodds and others at Marlins Park as they stand in solidarity on the field with pictures of our lost loved ones to try to educate the masses about the opioid crisis. Visit “Kyle’s Hope” on Facebook for tickets, and then head out to the park to support a local family in this courageous and important effort.

Vote to help Mind & Melody Grow

Mind & Melody, which helps Alzheimer’s patients, has been a huge success at the Key Biscayne Community Center, bringing in trained musicians to lead engaging, social activities. Founders Cristina Rodriguez and Lauren Koff say measurements show the program boosts mood, function, health, quality of life, etc. They hope to expand Mind & Melody nationally and internationally, and be on the frontlines of a model where younger generations help care for seniors.

There’s a very easy way to help: Vote to support them as a finalist in the Coors Light Lideres program. You can vote up to 10 times per day at – so log on now (and tomorrow, and the next day…) and do your part to give Alzheimer’s patients a lifeline.

Save the date!

The busy season is about to get underway, and we’ve started hearing about some awesome causes supported by our residents that you might want to consider joining. Here are just a few:

-          Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services will hold its annual luncheon October 25 at The Rusty Pelican to support its efforts on behalf of at-risk youth.

-          The Key Biscayne Beach Club hosts the 25th anniversary gala for The Center for Great Apes, the only orangutan sanctuary in North America, November 10.

-          After the Karpiak family lost daughter Kelsie in a boating accident, they started a charity in her name. They host Kelsie’s Showcase for Scholarships at Rusty Pelican November 8.

Are you involved with a charity that’s planning an event on or around Key Biscayne? Email us at so we can help get the word out!


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