Hello again Almaden residents

Last Friday, I had the pleasure to meet with Jennifer Caselli, Event Chair of the 2012 Relay For Life (RFL) of Almaden Valley to be held on May 5-6th at Leland High School starting at 10am.

The RFL of Almaden started 6 years ago in Almaden Valley with the goal to raise money and awareness against any forms of cancer.  All funds raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Jennifer lost her mother to colon cancer in 2010. For the Caselli family, this dramatic event marked the beginning of their crusade against cancer. Jennifer’s daughter, Caitlin, who in 2006 was 11 at that time, decided to raise money against cancer instead of getting presents for her 12th birthday in support of her grandmother’s fight. This simple fact tells more about Jennifer and her family than I could ever say or write.

Jennifer & Caitlin at Wal-Mart Opening in April 2012

The Relay For Life of Almaden is a community free event open to everyone. Unlike other fundraising events, there is no upfront fee to participate.

Jennifer and her team of 12 volunteers have prepared lots of fun activities for everyone including 3 live bands, a climbing wall, jump house, and lots of other activities for the 24 hour event!  Laura Garcia Cannon and Roberta Gonzales will be opening the event this year in celebration of our Survivors! Bear in mind that by being there you will give the cancer survivors (who could be your neighbor, your colleague or your friend) and their families another reason to believe that life as they know it still worth the fight and that they are not alone.

You will also be given a chance to support those who have committed to the Relay. To date, there are already 57 teams registered that will run or walk non-stop for 24 hours one person at a time. All relevant information about this year’s RFL is available here.

A special thanks to the Presenting Sponsor Bridge Bank as well as to all the private individuals and local businesses that made this event possible. More about those unsung heroes in my next blog live from the RFL!

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