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Cancer survivors celebrated at Bow Ties and Parasol Party

Cancer survivors gather for a photo at the recent Bow Ties and Parasol Party.

Cancer survivors gather for a photo at the recent Bow Ties and Parasol Party.

Saturday, May 9, Relay For Life of Valley Center celebrated the lives of cancer survivors in our community with a High Tea reception.

Miss Valley Center Allyson Crouthamel and Junior Miss 1st Princess Sophia Rizzotto welcomed the guests with parasols for the ladies and bow ties for the gentleman.

The tables were set with linen, tea sets and place settings arranged by Julia Boulos with Red Throne Events. The centerpieces were delicate orchids provided by Bobbie Weiss, survivor chairman of the Relay For Life of Valley Center.

The décor complimented the park like setting of Black Walnut Creek. Classical music played in the background. The cloudy skies did not diminish the excitement of bringing together men and women who have heard the words “you have cancer.” Many survivors brought their closest friends, family members or significant others for the afternoon.

Some survivors in attendance have survived the disease for 10, 20 or even 30 years. This is very inspiring and their survivorship reflects the HOPE and the mission of the American Society.

The community is invited to join Relay for Life volunteers Saturday, June 20 at Bates Nut Farm for the Relay For Life of Valley Center. The opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Hannah Nancarrow, daughter of the late Loren Nancarrow will be featured speaker. Survivors will be celebrated with a Lap of Hope; all survivors in the community are invited to attend.

Survivors are special guests and there is no cost to attend. Sharon Briscoe, a spokesman for the group told the Times Advocate, “The Leadershship, Team Captains, and Relayers invite everyone in the community to help us create a human hope sign during the opening ceremony which will be photographed.”

For more information contact Briscoe, at for more information; or visit their website at They are also on Facebook.

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