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$37,000 raised so far to help families of Tahoe teens battling cancer

Liz Harrell
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Saturday, Aug. 8, at the IVGID Water Carnival, a fundraiser was held to help the families of two young Incline Village residents who have been struck by cancer, Bianca Bernal and Dayann Cuadros.

There was pizza donated by Azarra's for sale, and a portion of Susie Scoops ice cream sales at the event were also donated to the cause. Drinks and chips provided by a local family were also sold.

Local stylists manned a spray color and head shaving booth, one family sold bracelets and offered massages, and an overwhelming number of North Tahoe locals came simply to offer support to the girls and their families and pitched in whatever they could afford. Some gave hundreds, some gave a few dollars, but everyone contributed something.

In addition to our Aug. 8 fundraiser, we had an online fundraiser. To date, nearly $37,000 has been raised to help Bianca and Dayann and their families as they struggle to deal with their day-to-day financial obligations while also trying to focus on staying well during physically and mentally grueling cancer treatments, traveling to the Bay Area to receive care, and remaining emotionally sound throughout all of this stress.

Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer is probably the most difficult thing these girls and their loved ones will ever face; being able to help, even a little, by taking away what worries we can was the goal of this fundraiser.

To say that it was a success is an understatement, and everyone involved in the effort to "help our girls" was overwhelmed by the response and the generosity of this community.

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While we could not possibly thank every single person who showed up and contributed, but we would like to thank our volunteers, local businesses, and hair stylists who contributed.

If we inadvertently left anyone off of this list, apologies in advance … but please know that your contribution, large or small, was appreciated by our girls and their families.

If you would still like to donate to "Our Girls," you can mail a check to ISAEF P.O. Box 3985 Incline Village, NV 89450. Please make checks payable to ISAEF and write our girls cancer fund in the memo line of the check.

Liz Harrell heads up the Our Girls Fundraising Committee. For additional information about the fundraiser or questions on how to help, contact Harrell at 775-843-3482.

Thanks to those who donated

IVGID, Azarra’s, Susie Scoops, Geno Menchetti, Donna Coombs, Samantha Louden, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Susan Herron, Kathie Goldberg, Liz Harrell, Holly Racich, Randy Berenson, Carol Green, Suzanne Simonian, Monika Johnson, Camille Bissel, Sierra Ward, Heather Paynter, Jennifer Hernandez, Madeline Nichols, Linda Rosenblum, Breathe, Panache, Forever Rox, Lupita’s, Crystal Nails, Hacienda de la Sierra, Gus’ Open Pit Barbecue, Big Water Grille, Bite, Jack Rabbit Moon, Austin’s Restaurant, the Mountain Golf Course, Stacy Crocket, Mofo’s Pizza, Debbie Richardson, Natividad Morales, Joan Davis, Action Water Sports, Dr. Jonathan Smith, Incline Cinema, Naomi Freidus, Tahoe Edgelake Beach Club, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Koi Sushi, T’s Mesquite Rotisserie, Pat Thompson, Wild Alaskan, Bowl Incline, Incline Car Wash, Whitney Barnhart, Jay Andrews Car Detailing, Charlie White, Lakeview Window Cleaning, Tahoe Family Solutions, Bar Bar Bar, Cornerstone Community Church, Lakeside Paving and Sealing, Inc., Incline at Tahoe Realty, Mary Danahey, Postal Express, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, and Tahoe Douglas Firefighters Association IAFF- Local 2139.