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Cancer fundraiser off to a strong start

"We're on a roll!" Sunnysider Carol Carrillo said of a fundraiser she spearheaded this past week for cancer research and to benefit local cancer victims.

After four days of fundraisers last week - selling everything from baked goods to sewn items - $3,000 has already been raised.

Her effort, with help from Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, had an initial goal of raising $5,000 through Dec. 6.

"We'll hit our goal or go above it," Carrillo says. "We're doing so well."

She praised the community's response to a newspaper article in the Daily Sun News this past Wednesday about the fundraiser.

Besides the money raised last week, Carrillo says other local residents have pledged they will donate to a fund set up for cancer victims and research set up at Columbia Bank. The name of that account is "Lifesaver's."

Two of the days during the fundraising sale were at Sunnyside Community Hospital and the other two days were in front of the Sunnyside Walmart.

Because of the community response, Carrillo says Walmart wants to invite her back sometime in the next couple of weeks to continue the fundraising momentum for cancer research and victims of the disease, such as gas cards to help with travel to and from treatment.

Carrillo's effort will culminate during the Merry Makings event at the Mid-Valley Mall on Dec. 6. That's when a random drawing for thank you prizes will be announced.

She says there are also talks of partnering with YVCC and Heritage University for more donations to the bank account set up at Columbia Bank.

"My main goal is just to make a difference. I want this to count and to let everyone locally know the community cares," she says. "If everybody pitches in can you imagine what we can accomplish?"

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