Event reaches out to kids whose lives have been touched by cancer

Rhyanna Velazco, 9, finishes getting a free trim from hairstylist Elena Perez at Saturday’s back-to-school event organized by the Starts with Arts Foundation and the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert. PHOTO ANDY VELEZ

EL CENTRO — Recognizing cancer’s toll on families, particularly children, the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert and the Starts with Arts Foundation collaborated Saturday to provide free haircuts, backpacks, school supplies and uniforms to students whose lives have been touched by cancer.

“This event was to help meet the needs of Cancer patients. These include the children affected from cancer and their families,” said Helen Palomino, CEO of Cancer Resource Center of the Desert. More than 30 kids were served.

Event reaches out to kids whose lives have been touched by cancer

FROM LEFT: Velazco sisters Rhyanna, 9; Rhoswen, 5, and Milley, 8, pose together at Saturday’s back-to-school event. Rhyanna and Rhoswen are shown holding locks of hair they planned to donate for cancer victims. PHOTO ANDY VELEZ

Event reaches out to kids whose lives have been touched by cancer

Organizers and volunteers from Saturday’s back-to-school event. PHOTO ANDY VELEZ

 

Event reaches out to kids whose lives have been touched by cancer

Ernesto Ramirez, 7, shows off the new backpack filled with school supplies he received at Saturday’s back-to-school event organized by the Starts with Arts Foundation and the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert. PHOTO ANDY VELEZ

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