“Road to Recovery” fundraiser dinner

February 20, 2013
Santa Paula News

A “Road to Recovery” fundraiser dinner will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Santa Paula Moose Lodge, 700 E. Santa Barbara Street.

The dinner is to benefit the family of Raelene “Rae” Moreno, who is recovering from acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Raelene Moreno, age 20, is the daughter of Ray and Marie Moreno of Oxnard and the granddaughter of John and Gloria Moreno of Santa Paula. In December 2012 Rae visited the doctor with what she thought were flu symptoms; instead she was diagnosed with AML.

Rae was home from college when she was diagnosed. She was on a partial scholarship to Missouri Valley College, where she played softball and soccer; she had to notify her coaches she would not be returning. She is currently receiving her second round of chemotherapy at the Keck Medical Center of USC.

The Moreno family has been through a lot in the last few years. Their son Rene was diagnosed with a malignant tumor, and they lost their 13-year-old granddaughter Molly last September to a heart condition. 

Ray and Marie have used up their sick leave and vacation accruals to deal with the illnesses of their children and the death of their granddaughter, and had to adjust their work schedules so someone is with Rae 24/7. The dinner benefit will assist with expenses not covered by insurance.

Tickets for the dinner are $7 per person, and include pit barbecue, beans, rice, green salad and a bread roll. Tickets are available at The Victorian Cottage, 929 E. Main St. in Santa Paula, or contact Gloria Moreno, 525-1769 or 290-5918.

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