EL CENTRO â€“ The Cancer Resource Center, along with the Caelynn Andrea Iten Foundation, hosted families from all over the Imperial Valley Saturday at the Fairfield Inn and Suites for an evening of food and warm conversations.
At the event, families with children who have been diagnosed with cancer had the opportunity to come to a place where others empathized and knew what they were going through.
While they dined on fine cuisine, conversation swirled among the attendees as they inquired on how they were holding up, adding a warm feeling to the room because it appeared everyone truly cared about one another and how much progress their loved ones had made over time.
As the evening grew later, Letty Iten, mother of Caelynn Iten, a child cancer patient, spoke from her heart, thanking everyone and telling a little bit about how the Caelynn Andrea Iten Foundation is trying to spread awareness of all the victims who fall to the tragedy of cancer. Iten is an intern at the Cancer Research Center of the Desert.
â€œWe wanted to bring people out tonight to bring everyone together to work through their hardships,” said Marcy Bingham. â€œAnd we also like to help the families we meet, whether it is by giving them money for whatever it is they need or gift cards for some time out to get a break from the struggles they are faced with.â€
The Caelynn Andrea Iten Foundation will also be changing its name to “Halos and Tiaras,” not only to honor Caelynn, but all of the countless children who are diagnosed with cancer and fight to come out on top just like Caelynn Iten did.
The foundation hosts other fundraisers throughout the year, including a golf scramble in April where money raised is donated to families who have children with cancer and need the extra help.[envira-gallery id=”85532″]