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Popular fundraiser rallies crowds to help friends fighting disease
Families, student groups, businesses and government officials will convene at Veterans Park in downtown Cotulla at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 8, for the annual All Colors Cancer Walk, a fundraiser benefiting locals and friends currently battling disease.
The fifth annual event includes a rally and testimonials, after which teams and individual participants will walk a designated route through the downtown area’s business district and residential streets to help raise awareness of cancer.
Those taking part will display colors and banners or wear colored shirts representing the various forms of cancer for which they are raising money or for the friends and loved ones whom they represent in their fundraising efforts.
Event organizer Anna Marroquin said last week that she has been encouraged by growing participation in the neighborhood event in years past and looks forward to greater numbers becoming involved each year.
“Five years ago, we started this nonprofit here in Cotulla, bringing cancer awareness while advocating and raising money to help those fighting this horrible disease,” Marroquin said.
Recipients of funds raised through the event – including collections, sponsorships and merchandise purchases at the rally – are assisted in their ongoing efforts to obtain cancer treatment and the many expenses related to travel and other resources, as well as the burdens upon their families during the long and challenging course of treatment, disability and dependence.
This year’s recipients will include Carla Niavez of Cotulla, Chandler Barclay of Carrizo Springs, Kathryn “KK” Lewis of Newton, Texas, Stella June Montiel of Laredo, and the family of Maria Anastasia Sotelo of Cotulla, who has succumbed to the disease.
“These past few years we have been able to help over 25 people ranging from children to adults from East Texas, San Antonio, Pearsall, Dilley, Cotulla, Laredo, Carrizo and even Illinois,” Marroquin said. “This event would not be possible without the help of the communities and surrounding businesses, as well as friends, family coming together and making a difference walking for a loved one lost to cancer, or someone fighting cancer or just a survivor to cancer.
“What a beautiful thing to see when everyone comes together advocating for the same purpose,” she added.
Marroquin can be reached for more information, registry, sponsorship and contributions at (847) 454-6473.