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Walking Down Memory Lane
By Kirsten Strawn
Dennis took off his cap to show the scar that stretched atop his head from ear to ear. But he also was grinning from ear to ear, and was attending Rock Cancer C.A.R.E.'s second annual Walk Down Memory Lane to say thanks for the help during his battle with his second brain tumor.

“The Cancer C.A.R.E. ministry has helped me tremendously through the lonely hours of my treatment,” said Dennis, who was attending the Rock Church Saturday, June 12, when the Rock Cancer C.A.R.E. Ministry celebrated its second annual Walk Down Memory Lane.

Dennis, who lives alone, greatly appreciates his buddy from the Cancer C.A.R.E. team, a guy named Matt who encourages him weekly. Dennis also benefits from support meetings, prayer, resources, and friendship.

Hundreds of people joined Dennis to to remember loved ones who passed from cancer; celebrate with those who won the battle; and raise much needed funds to provide daily meals, rides, housecleaning, grocery shopping, and other financial services to families in San Diego County. 

5K Run and Raffle Prizes

“This event is awesome!” said Dennis, beaming. He was thrilled to win an airplane ride over La Jolla Shores valued over $500 donated by Dr. Byers, DDS, who also contributed teeth whitening services to the collection of raffle prizes.

Ninety volunteers from the ministry made the event a success. Kristen Hunt and Ryan Bailey, who daily spend hours organizing volunteers for the Cancer C.A.R.E. patients, began setting up early along with many others. The event launched with a 5K run and walk before the carnival began. Participants donated services, purchased ten minute massages, feasted on a traditional BBQ, entered to win raffle items, and played in the carnival, which helped raise $4,000.
Tamela Reed, founder of Cancer C.A.R.E., who herself battled cancer said, “We could never accomplish this event or our ministry without the many wonderful volunteers.”

Tamela’s mom, Denise Carter, expressed how thankful she is to God that her daughter is alive. She said, “What the enemy meant for harm God turned for good by using Tamela’s battle with cancer to start the Cancer C.A.R.E. ministry at the Rock Church.”

Available to Help

Cindy, a patient in a wheelchair battling brain cancer that spread to her lungs said, “This has been wonderful. Everyone is so loving, friendly, warm, and available to help.”

Tanya, Cindy’s daughter said, “This has been such a wonderful time with my family. I’m amazed at how believers in Christ come together to support one another in tough times.”

Cindy’s granddaughter, Mariah, 15, said she had a blast. She met a new friend, and won a spa and pedi treatment donated by Nails by Kristy from the raffle drawing. Mariah also helped the younger children at the bean bag toss.

When the master of ceremonies announced that Cindy had won the raffle for a personal assistant, tears of gratitude ran down Tanya's face. The prize, which included five hours of time doing estate planning and other services, will help her plan for her mother’s passing.

A wonderful memory for next year’s Walk Down Memory Lane.


Kirsten Strawn is a volunteer writer with Rock the Word: The Rock Church Writers Ministry. For info, visit

For more info on Rock Cancer C.A.R.E., visit

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