BCRC's 2019 'Steps for the Cure' raises over $78K: Organizers thank community for outpour of support

"Our community helped raised $78.161.90 for cancer patients in our community. Blythe Cancer Resource Center is proud of our community; the contributions and volunteerism we receive from the community is beyond awesome," stated BCRC of the 13th annual "Steps for the Cure" hometown cancer awareness event. (Loaned photo provided to the Times/Blythe Cancer Resource Center)

The local Blythe Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) was proud to announce the total tally of generous support from the community this month, as a final sum of $78,161.90 was collected from the 2019 “Steps for the Cure” event.

The staple hometown cancer awareness benefit event, held on Nov. 2, carried with it the theme of “Hope Rises” this year and brought friends, families, neighbors, and survivors together at Palo Verde High School’s (PVHS) Scott Stadium.

“Our community helped raised $78.161.90 for cancer patients in our community. Blythe Cancer Resource Center is proud of our community; the contributions and volunteerism we receive from the community is beyond awesome,” stated BCRC of the 13th annual event. “President Kay Smith opened up the event with a brief synopsis of BCRC and an update of patient services, Pastor Clint Soehnel from Higher Vision Church gave the opening prayer. PVHS’s JROTC presented the colors and Mrs. Jennifer Arneson sang the National Anthem which concluded with a flyover by Jeff Gatchel from Desert Air Ambulance.”

In 2016 the event raised approximately $50,000 and, the following year – with a theme of “Operation Desert Hope” – the community raised $83,351.

In 2018, organizers and community members’ efforts raised a total of $78,050 toward the local family-support organization.

“The traditional Survivor Lap started the evening, with survivors, family and friends joining in. There was an abundance of community involvement with entertainment, raffles, food, activities and fun for all. The top five teams for 2019 were: Chuckwalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) $10,521.00, Ironwood State Prison (ISP) $9,659.23, Margaret White NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) $2,989.45, Team Julie Sandoval $2,612.00, and Appleby Elementary & Blythe Border Patrol $2,027.00,” stated BCRC. “DJ/MC Kenny Kalian kept the evening going with great music. The event continued with entertainment provided by Blythe Hornet Cheerleaders and PVHS dance team. Kid’s Kamp had plenty of fun for the little ones along with the always popular, ‘Team Tug of War’ competition with Team Nana Carmen winning. The track was lined with luminaries purchased in Memory/Honor of Survivor, friends, and loved ones followed by a slideshow presented by Bianca Rodriguez of Darkchild Art and Photography.”

Held per tradition at the Scott Stadium track to commemorate the memory of the fallen and remember those battling cancer, the “Steps for the Cure” event has served as a staple hometown occasion that brings the community together toward a common cause and effort.

“The event concluded with all participants making one final lap around the track. The ‘Steps for the Cure’ event would not be possible without the support of our community. The CERTTeam, Blythe Volunteer Fire Department First Aid Center, Twin Palms High School students assist(ing) with setup and help throughout the event. Once again Kid’s Kamp was a huge success thanks to Ann Lisa and the PVHS Pet Club. Mark Mullion and PVHS FFA (Future Farmers of America) students ran the snack shack,” stated BCRC. “Jessica Soto and LDS church sold tickets for Taco Mike’s awesome taco dinners, and the Velasquez sisters from La Paloma for the elotes. Dianne Lewis and Kristi Beutter who ran our luminary tent, and Britney Ramsden designed and printed our poster, and program. Thank you to John Bush for donating the helium for our balloon arch and a special thank you to Lupe Velez who has made our balloon arch every year. A special thank you to this year’s sponsors Ashley Home Store, Ironwood State Prison, Steaks’ N Cakes, Prime Leaf, Gilbane Building Company, Halby’s, La Casita Dos, State Farm, Blythe Jaycees, Lions Club, Alex’s Tire, Johnson Refrigeration, and Standage Tire and Automotive.”

The funds raised throughout the “Steps for the Cure” campaign – as well as through the organization’s Desert Lily community sales – provides financial assistance and logistical support to local cancer patients.

BCRC remains committed to providing services to educate, guide and empower area cancer patients and families through their journey.

For more information, contact BCRC at (760) 921-BCRC; or via email at: bcrc@frontier.com

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