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Remembering Tobacco Free Partnership Member Charlie Nail
February 10, 2017

It is with great sadness that we recently lost a long-time member and supporter of the Martin County tobacco prevention program, Charlie Nail, after his long battle with cancer.

Charlie is among the founding members of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County.  He devoted many years to educating young people about the dangers of tobacco and to helping those who suffered with cancer, particularly those with laryngectomies.

Charlie Nail (L) with his long-time friend, Russ Buhl.

Countless children in Martin County frequently recall his visits to their classrooms and youth programs, where he shared his story to help prevent future generations of tobacco use.  His warm and caring nature left a lasting impression.  This past summer, when he was unable to join tobacco prevention staff on his usual trip to the Martin Health Scrub Camp due to his health, return campers, parents, and hospital staff all inquired after him and fondly recalled the words he shared the previous summer.

His laryngectomy caused him to speak with a whisper, but his message and his presence were loud and clear. He was the kind of volunteer every organization strives to have – passionate.

Charlie was a member of the American Cancer Society Martin County Board of Directors, a volunteer Road to Recovery Driver, a committee member for Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a founding member of the Cattle Barons Ball committee in Martin County, a member of the Laryngectomy Club of Martin County where he held the office of President for the state of Florida, and of course – a founding member of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County.

He will be greatly missed, but the impact he made on hundreds of youth in Martin County, and to each of us who had the great honor of working alongside him, will never be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society of Palm Beach County.