Students from West Gate K-8 were recently visited by Rick Bender, a cancer survivor. Rick is a motivational speaker who shares his story of surviving throat cancer after losing a section of his face to illustrate the dangers of spitless tobacco. He had the students captivated with his personal story and the information he imparted about the big tobacco companies that target the youth. From left to right: Dana Buehrig, West Gate SWAT advisor/ESE teacher and chairman of The Tobacco Free Partnership, Marcella Bianco, Tobacco Prevention Specialist with Florida Dept. of Health, Rick Bender, Cancer Survivor/motivational speaker, and Serena DeFrank, Health Educator with the Saint Lucie County Dept. of Health.