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Family spearheads efforts to raised money for Relay

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 30th, 2013

Pictured are Polo Vazquez, Valerie Cook, Carlos Vazquez, Nikita Vazquez and Liz Hoefler, and, in front, Levi Lingenbacker holding the AKC registered Pomeranian puppy that was donated to be raffled off. All proceeds go to Relay for Life. All pictured are helping raise funds by playing in the upcoming softball tournament and dropping these toilets in yards as a way to “Flush Away Cancer.” HERALD PHOTO/Anjoli Mosier

EVANSTON — One ordinary family, one extraordinary impact.

“Since I’ve been involving myself in the Relay for Life events this year, it really hits home what exactly I am doing,” Evanston resident Carlos Vazquez said. “After watching what a monster cancer is, it makes every dollar we are raising like a simple hello to the ones I’ve lost to the battle, and it’s like fist fighting for the ones that I know who have it. Not all the money in the world would bring those people back, or save the people that currently fight, but one dollar helps find a way so that no one has to hurt or suffer.”

And the Vazquez family has been working hard to raise those dollars. They have had many people they know and love battle cancer, including a beloved niece and cousin, who recently underwent a double mastectomy and is now starting chemo and radiation. The family will be participating in the Relay for Life walk with Team “Save Second Base,” and will also have a team in the Relay’s overnight softball tournament, held the same weekend.

That’s not all this family has planned for fundraising efforts, however. They are sponsoring a “Flush Away Cancer” effort that involves two purple toilets circulating around town, ending up on people’s lawns with a note saying the removal fee is a $10 donation to the Relay for Life, and to have it placed on a friend’s lawn requires a $15 donation. Polo Vazquez said the effort has been moving quickly.

The family has also hosted a car wash on Cheyenne Drive — across from Loaf N Jug — on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the past few weeks, and will continue to do so until the Relay for Life, with all proceeds going to the Relay.

Hearing of the family’s fundraising efforts, softball teammate Liz Hoefler donated an AKC registered purebred Pomeranian puppy to be raffled off. Tickets are one for $5, or five for $20. This small breed dog can be worth up to $1,000 in some markets. The effort is especially meaningful for Hoefler, as she is also a cancer survivor, having had an acute astrocytoma tumor on her brain when she was 11.

Also wanting to help this family with their efforts, two local professional tattoo artists — Kira Teter and Lanaya Hatch — have each donated tattoo work valued at $50 to be raffled off. Raffle tickets are the same prices as those for the puppy. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Carlos at (307) 677-3478, Nikita at (307)679-8421, or Polo at (307) 679-8419. All prizes will be drawn at the tournament held at the Overthrust Ball Fields on August 23.

If you’d like to participate in the 2013 Relay for Life softball tournament, contact coordinator Toni Hawks at (307) 679-6541.

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