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Every quarter we take our NextHome Discovery members on a tour of a local non-profit organization throughout Tampa Bay.

We call these our NHD Empower Tours. We open up these tours to all local Realtors and affiliates, as well as friends and family members, as we ALL benefit by being aware of the needs and resources in our local community. The goal is to help us become aware of ways to get involved and EMPOWER others to do the same!

As the President and Broker of NextHome Discovery, Anand Patel strives for every member of his team to discover ways to get involved in the local community. His dream has always been to empower his team to reach out and give back to the best of their ability. He’s discovered over the years that every agent fights for a different cause. The NHD Empower Tours have successfully given agents relevant information about local non-profit organizations in Tampa and their direct involvement in their cause – including a “tour” of the facility and information on different levels of commitment one can participate in to give back.

Thus far it’s been a fantastic tool for our agents, not just to help on a personal level of involvement, but to be a resource of information for people new to the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas looking for avenues to get involved in giving back. These tours also help our team identify resources for those seeking help.

As professionals in the community, Anand believes it is important not only to give back, but to be a resource of information to EMPOWER those within the communities we serve. In the Real Estate business we can’t always anticipate the needs of the families and friends we’ll come across, so being prepared is crucial. More often than not, these needs directly or indirectly involve their future real estate endeavors. Via quarterly Empower Tours, the NextHome Discovery family of Realtors have been preparing to be providers of not just a wealth of knowledge about the ever-changing trends in the real estate industry, but the very resources available in our community that keep us bonded and pushing forward. There’s nothing like being part of the back-bone of the city you call home. At NextHome Discovery, we’re glad to call Tampa home.

In the past we’ve toured organizations such as Shriners HospitalA Kid’s Place of Tampa BayGracepoint WellnessCrisis CenterChildren’s Home NetworkMacDonald Training Center, and E.C.H.O. and we don’t see it slowing down in the future. If you or a loved one know of a non-profit organization in the local Tampa area that serves the community in a significant way, we’d love to hear about it. Frankly, there are never too many resources to discover, especially if there is a need to be addressed.

Interested in helping or finding out more about NHD Empower Tours? We don’t blame you. Join us on our next tour!

Change starts today… and it starts with YOU.

For more information on joining us on our next tour, we encourage you to keep in contact! Our events are always published on Facebook and Instagram and we’d love to see you empowered by some of the non-profits we’ve been privileged to learn about here in the  Tampa Bay area.

NHD Empower Tour Goes to Children’s Cancer Center

On Friday, April 21st, 2017 the NHD Empower Tour landed us at the Children’s Cancer Center where our members, friends, family, and affiliates met to learn more about the center and their service to children and family members who are coping with the fight against childhood cancer or chronic blood disorders. Our tour guide Julien Borbon took us around the center and provided so much information about the non-profit and how one could get involved. He provided compelling statistics about the seriousness of the issue and how nothing quite like the Children’s Cancer Center here in Tampa exists anywhere else in the nation.

Their motto: because it takes more than medicine to fight childhood cancer.

It truly takes a village.

At the Children’s Cancer Center, it’s clear that the entire community has taken on the much needed role. Kudos to all of the local sponsors and partners, volunteers, and donors involved, as this non-profit organization is truly a gem.

With over 20 programs available to aid both children and their family members, at no added cost to the family, the CCC is currently providing service to over 1000 families in or around the local Tampa Bay area. Their programs offer assistance and support to not only the child, but their families as well. Their care expands to provide for the entire family because they realize that not only does the battle begin at diagnosis for the child, but more often than not, the entire family dynamic is changed. The entire family is diagnosed. Much support provided by the Children’s Cancer Center directly involves the parents and other family members involved.

Programs are offered in the following very real categories: educational, emotional, and financial. If your child or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, which is shockingly the leading cause of death in children today, what comes next?

Julien Borbon shared with us why their services at the Children’s Cancer Center are unique:

While many organizations are vital in the search for a cure tomorrow, our focus is on helping your family cope with its unique challenges today. One day at a time.

Bottom line, their tailored programs are all designed to help your family cope:

Big Buddy: The sibling of a child diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder is matched with a first year medical student at USF in one to one mentor relationships.

Fueling Families: Financial assistance to help families of children diagnosed with cancer or chronic blood disorders by providing gas and grocery gift cards to lighten their financial burdens.

White Hat Fund: Financial assistance, provided to eligible families of children diagnosed with cancer, by the Davis Ferguson Memorial Foundation. This assists with essential bills such as electric, mortgage/rent, car payments/insurance etc.

S.A.I.L (Students Achieving through Interactive Learning): Interactive tutoring, homework assistance, music lessons, art, cooking, physical activity classes and more for school-age patients and siblings alike.

These are just four of many more programs offered to help families cope.

The facility itself provides space for children and families to experience some normalcy while adjusting to and going through countless treatments and doctor visits throughout the battle. Their doors are open twice a week for the children and families to take advantage of Oncology or Sickle Cell family connection groups, as well as individual and family counseling. Not to mention, a hot meal prepared for every visit. If your child plays basketball, enjoys reading, playing video games or diving into the arts, the center provides rooms and activities, all donated by local organizations throughout Tampa.

The event and family calendars posted online are packed with on-going and annual activities that should brighten up your day after a quick glance! Although all assistance, fundraising, and awareness events are offered and organized by the Children’s Cancer Center, it takes your involvement to make each event successful.

A life changing experience, the tour helped us to see the many ways we can get involved. Contact them today to see how you can help.

Donategrant a wishvolunteer, or provide a holiday card now! Your help may be the help this center has been needing. If you would like to schedule a tour contact Julien Borbon by email at