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Minarets Team Plans Bingo For A Cure For Carma

O’NEALS – Three senior students from Minarets High School are hosting a special event on Saturday, Mar. 29, from 12 – 3 p.m. It’s Bingo for a Cure, and proceeds will go toward the Relay for Life team the girls have created to honor a local three-year-old living with a brain stem tumor.

Admission to Bingo for a Cure is $10, including bingo and lunch. Coffee and desserts will be sold separately.

Minarets students Michaela Brost, 18, Victoria Owen, 18, and Sierra French, 17, are the organizers of the event this Saturday, and have put together their Cans for Carma Team as part of their senior legacy project.

The young women are staging a series of fundraisers leading up to Relay for Life, on behalf of a little girl named Carma, for whom the team is named. For half her life, Carma has lived with a brain stem tumor.

Bingo For a Cure 032914 2Team member Victoria Owen babysits Carma, and as the three Minarets girls debated what to do for their upcoming senior legacy project, they came up with the idea of raising money dedicated towards research that could conceivably help Carma, and other children and adults with cancer, find a cure.

“She’s such a sweet little girl, and this is a terrible thing, to have a brain stem tumor at her age,” Michaela Brost explains. “She was on chemotherapy and I believe now that’s stopped because the tumor stopped growing and it was best to have Carma off the chemotherapy.”

Saturday’s Bingo for a Cure could use a lot more support, according to Michaela, who says the number of people coming is, so far, discouraging.

“We are hoping for a lot of late RSVPs,” she says, adding that the community can also help by donating directly through the website to the Cans for Carma Relay Team. Also participating are teams from Minarets Key Club, and Team Insomniacs from Ponderosa.

Minarets new entrance signby AJ Holt and Paul La Spada - Courtesy Minarets Media

Relay for Life will be held locally this year on Saturday, May 17, at Yosemite High School. For more information visit the website for Eastern Madera County Relay for Life.

Anyone with questions about Bingo for a Cure or Cans for Carma is encouraged to call Michaela Brost at (559) 676-7858 or RSVP via her email at

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