COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND CANCER-STRICKEN TODDLER: FUNDRAISER AT VIEJAS AUG. 19

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By Valerie Watts 

August 9, 2017 (Alpine) -- The family and friends of Cash Osuna-Sutton will have a fundraising booth at the upcoming Kumeyaay Gathering at the Viejas Tribal Hall, 1 Viejas Grade Rd, Alpine on August 19 starting at 12 noon. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each or 5 for $10, with the prize drawing at 6:00 pm.  Any size monetary donation is also welcome.  Tickets are also available for purchase from the Viejas Community & Public Relations office located at the Viejas Outlet Center. 

Cash Osuna-Sutton, a Viejas tribal member, is a 3-year old who was diagnosed with kidney cancer on June 20th. He is battling stage 3 nephroblastoma, also known as Wilms' tumor, the most common form of children's kidney cancer. This cruel disease most often affects children ages 3 to 4.

Little Cash has spent over one month in the hospital in the past seven weeks, undergoing two surgeries. He has just finished radiation treatments at the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD. He is now braving six long months of chemotherapy at Rady Children's Hospital.

Cash's family has had many unexpected expenses and they would appreciate donations in any amount, either to the family or to Rady Children's Hospital oncology department. The tribe and other community members have donated prizes for the drawing. The Alpine community is trying to get the word out about this family's needs while they deal with their precious son's struggle.

More information is available on Facebook @CashsCancerJourney. Look for the events page for information as it develops.

The family is very grateful for the upwelling of support they have received from the tribe and the community. They extend special thanks for Raymond "Bear" Cuero and Rebecca "Buda" Cuero for making this possible, as well as to the Christman family for including the fundraising information on the Gathering flyer.

The Viejas Gathering, a community event, begins on August 18th.  This fundraiser will only be at the Gathering on Saturday afternoon, the 19th, from noon until the prizes are awarded at 6pm. 

Donations to Rady Children’s Hospital may be tax deductible.  Please consult your tax preparer.