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SAVE THE DATE – Create-A-Smile for Abigail Mendoza - June 7th, 5:30 pm - for Redwood City Firefighters’ Association Create-A-Smile Fundraiser for 6 Year Old Cancer Patient & Her Family

Redwood City, CA - April 16 , 2007 - The Redwood City Firefighters Association formed “Create-A-Smile” in 1993, as a foundation that gives back to the community, to people who are victims of tragedy, violence, and  misfortune, and who have little or no income – it’s particularly focused on helping children. Today, these dedicated and passionate people are concentrating their efforts on helping a Redwood City family that is in dire need.

Abigail Mendoza is a 6 year old Redwood City girl with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. Despite heavy treatments of radiation and chemotherapy, doctors have advised the family that there is little hope for recovery. Her mother is on a non-paid leave of absence from work in order to make daily trips to the hospital for treatments. Her father is working long hours of overtime and extra shifts at work to make ends meet, leaving him precious little time to spend with young Abigail. The Mendoza family is in a less-than fortunate financial situation already, and Create-A-Smile is working to help keep this family together during their search for a miracle.

Please save the date: Thursday, June 7th 2007, 5:30 pm, for a very special fundraising dinner and auction to help offset some of the family’s expenses, and give Abigail’s father the opportunity to spend more time with his very sick daughter. This special event will take place at A Tavola Restaurant and the adjacent City Center Plaza, located at 1041 Middlefield Road. Live music, wonderful food, and silent and live auctions will all help in providing much-needed funds to the Mendoza family. It’s an incredible opportunity for the Redwood City community to come together and help some of their fellow community members in need.

Create-A-Smile is gratefully accepting donations of funds and auction items to help the family, and to make this event a great success. Volunteers who wish to participate in the planning and implementation of the Mendoza fundraiser are also welcome. To donate or volunteer, contact Justin Velasquez, Redwood City Fire Department, at 650-868-4270.

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Marc Bernall
Redwood City Fire Department


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