VENICE- A community coming together in a time of need.
“Our hostess Cassidy who has worked for us for about two years was recently diagnosed with leukemia,” Left Coast Seafood Co. Manager, Mariel Arbuckle, said.
Cassidy Hamm was diagnosed with Acute B Lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 19.
Now, her coworkers are banding together to help her.
“So after the initial shock wore off we were like, what can we do to help her, what can we do to help her family, and we decided today we will donate 50% of our gross sales directly to Cassidy,” Arbuckle said.
The event began in the morning with a line of people outside the door waiting to support Cassidy.
Employees of Left Coast Seafood Company say they have been overwhelmed with love and support.
“This has been totally incredible. It’s so amazing, how everybody has come together and supported her,” Left Coast Seafood Co. Manager,Tammy Beaver, said.
“The community will come together so strong and so happy to help somebody like this.”
Members of the Venice community donated paintings and photographs that the restaurant will raffle off, with those proceeds going to Cassidy’s family, as well.
But the donations don’t stop there.
“We’ve had you know checks shoved into our mailbox for Cassidy, we’ve had just people coming and dropping off money. We have some golf packages, a wine basket, and just people stepping up and doing this for a girl that they don’t even know is just amazing,” Arbuckle said.
Cassidy is currently undergoing treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, but her Left Coast family is hopeful for a quick recovery.
You can donate to Cassidy’s GoFundMe Page at

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Trevor DeGroot
SNN Sports Director Trevor DeGroot grew up right up the road in Tampa. Having been born right next to One Buc Place, the home of his favorite pro football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, being around sports has always been a passion of his. Trevor played high school football in Wesley Chapel, Florida and a year in college at Webber International University in central Florida before transferring to Florida State University for the remainder of his college tenure. He spent a semester appearing on Seminole Sports Magazine, a show on FOX’s Sun Sports that allowed him to report on FSU Athletics. His first ever interview was with Seminoles head football coach Jimbo Fisher right after FSU’s National Signing Day press conference in 2012! Since graduating with a Sports Management degree that same year, Trevor has worked throughout Tampa Bay in sports media. He has had the privilege of covering every professional sports franchise in Tampa. His dream of calling live sports action on a televised broadcast came true in 2014, when he spent the year as the color commentator for the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team. In his spare time, Trevor loves playing games. Board games, video games, fantasy sports, you name it! He also likes to exercise, read and golf when he has the time. Send him an email with a story idea at: And follow him on Twitter @TrevorDeGroot.