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A Community Success: $10, 000 Raised to Save a Life

By Pinar Istek
photos by Rolf Sommer

On July 16th, residents and visitors to Nosara raised almost $10,000 to assist the family of 5-year-old, Jacob Cameron, who was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain stem.

A poker-run fundraiser event, organized by the local community, took place at Marlin Bill's Restaurant on a rainy Saturday afternoon, with the participation of 79 people in the poker run. Bobbie Johnson, one of the organizers, said "I thought the floor was going to fall through. 200-300 people showed up."

In addition to the poker-run, the fundraiser included monetary donations, a raffle, a silent auction of donated items, and food sale by Jacob's grandmother. Jacob's father truck was also for sale but hasn't been sold yet.

The organizers received items donated from all over Costa Rica for the silent auction. In relation to the good turnout, Kim Shook, another organizer of the event commented that, "I am blown away with the community and continuous support. Thanks to everyone who supported this cause. Even this morning, I was still getting donations."

Gem Hill, one of the attendees, said "It is so great to see so many people. There is a community here, but nobody comes out that often. These kind of things bring them together."

Jacob's tumor was discovered when he had a stroke recently on his left side. The doctor who evaluated Jacob revealed to the family that he has approximately one year left to live if it is left untreated.

His father, David, who has lived in Nosara for over 10 years, is an electrician. And his mother, Angie, of Nosara, is a teacher at Del Mar Academy.

Fabia Lopez, Jacob's grandmother, said "I am very happy and thankful. Everyone is really generous. I would like to thank firstly, God, and then everyone for helping my children and for this much love that they show to help Jacob. All my family is very thankful for the amount of love they are showing. Because this is how we are going to help to save Jacob's life."

Third Place winner, Diane Kennedy. Her hand held four aces, all of them were hearts!
Winner, Steve Lakey, with Joy Burch and Monica Ramos
Poker station at Rancho Tico.
Kemper Antonson with her Dad, Eric, and her little brother collect her Second
Place prize. Kemper's hand held five 2's. She gave her $150 prize money
to the fund

Currently, Jacob is with his family, receiving radiation therapy five days a week to shrink the tumor. He is being treated at Denver Children's Hospital, in Colorado, U.S. In addition to what is raised at the event, donations can also be directly sent to Jacob's father, David Cameron at 3751 W.136 Ave unit O-1, Broomfield, Co 80023


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The Legends of Nosara

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Funds Will Be Raised to Save a 5-Year-Old's Life

Saturday, July 16th, might be the day that will save the life of a 5-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. A poker run fundraiser, organized by the local community, will take place at Marlin Bill’s Restaurant, ending with a raffle of a flat-screen TV and a silent auction in an attempt to raise the necessary funds for his treatment.

CREAR Volunteers Create Mural in Samara

Shiny bits of tile in blues, yellows and green now dazzle the wall between the police station and the beach in Samara. The sea-theme mural was created by CREAR and school students from Samara and El Torito.

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CREAR, a nonprofit program that hosts after-school educational programs for Samara and El Torito school students, is adding a new aspect to their activities: monthly in-school assemblies. In June they completed their first round of assemblies, teaching students about non-renewable and renewable energy sources.

Emergency Committee in Need of
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NOSARA – The Nosara Emergency Committee has taken its first big steps by submitting a report to the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE), in regards to the risks that Nosara could face as a result of a natural disaster. With this, the local committee is preparing to serve the community based on information provided by the area's residents themselves.


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