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Survivors, Caregivers Celebrated Saturday

POSTED March 27, 2012 11:31 p.m.

Oakdale’s reason to relay – its cancer survivors, those still battling the disease and those who serve as their caregivers – will be feted in a special Saturday celebration on March 31.

The Survivor and Caregiver barbecue luncheon will be served up at the Oakdale Fire Department, 325 East G St., starting at 1 p.m.

With a Western theme, Survivor Committee chairperson Stevie Cordoza said the day is designed to celebrate cancer survivors and their caregivers, with the free barbecue meal offered to all. Looking especially to encourage area cancer survivors to attend, Cordoza said a variety of information about the upcoming Relay For Life will be provided to them at the event.

Cordoza and her relay committee, including Caregiver chair Tessa Gilton, are working to provide a full day of fun, food and activities for those survivors and caregivers coming out for the 24-hour event, April 28-29 at Oakdale High School.

“We just want to get the word out,” Cordoza said of encouraging attendance at Saturday’s event. “This is for them, we want our survivors and caregivers there.”

Entertainment will be included as part of the festivities as well.

The 11th annual Oakdale Relay For Life will begin on Saturday morning, April 28 with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. and the Survivor Lap at 9 a.m.

Activities will continue on site for a full 24-hour period, with teams taking to the track on the OHS soccer fields for the relay event. More than 50 teams are signed up to take part in this year’s relay, the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Oakdale’s theme this year is Relay Year-Round, indicating the ongoing fight in the battle against cancer.

For more information on the Saturday Survivors and Caregiver BBQ, contact Kirsten Rodrigues at 209-274-4393

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