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Tinian holds ‘Walk for a Claus’

TINIAN community members joined the 2nd Annual Red Walk for a Claus of the Cancer, HIV, AIDS and Diabetes Illness Coalition or CHADIC.

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Staff members of Marianas Variety pose with toy donations.

CHADIC also launched a toy drive prior to the event,  coordinator Joedeen Manglona said.

From Dec. 13 to 24, CHADIC conducted a toy drive at the Marianas Variety office, the Tinian gymnasium and  the office of Guam Sen. Wil Castro.

Walk for a Claus was held on Dec. 29, Saturday, at the Tinian Baseball Field.

Also participating in Walk for a Claus was 2018 Miss Marianas Celine Cabrera.

The first 100 participants received free special edition t-shirts, and toys were distributed to  children.

Bernie San Nicolas, its founder, said CHADIC is a non-profit organization established in Aug. 2017 to honor family members and friends who have been touched by cancer, HIV, AIDS or diabetes.

These included her father, Jose Mendiola San Nicolas, her brothers Dorik and Dea, and sisters Meg and Ofing. They all lost their lives to diabetes.

She said she also had a friend who contracted HIV and then later lost his life to AIDS.

Her cousins Sofie and Pete and sister-in-law Didang as well as her niece Ochie lost their lives to cancer, she added.

She said her sister Esperanza Montenegro and niece Brenda Atalig are battling cancer.

 “They were and are courageous men and women and I want to continue their legacy through thoughtful and effective philanthropy,” Bernie San Nicolas said.

“Our families and friends came together and accepted the challenge to make a difference in the lives of those currently battling cancer, HIV, AIDS and diabetes. Thus,  CHADIC was born,” she added.

CHADIC aims to create a “charity of life” for patients and their loved ones “while keeping the light of these people shining brightly,” she said.

CHADIC wants to support men and women of all ages affected by these diseases, and their loved ones who care for them, she added.

“We want to lift up those on the verge of quitting and inspire them to do more than just survive by empowering them to thrive.”

This year’s Walk for a Claus was sponsored by Marianas Variety and Guam Sen. Wil Castro.

Lollipops Inc. Saipan, National Office Supply, Modern Office Supply, and Home & Plus also supported the event.

 “I also want to thank to our board of directors, officers, members and volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure that our programs are successful and that we provide public information and health awareness in our community,”  Bernie San Nicolas said.

She likewise expressed her appreciation to the community of Tinian and their supporters from other islands.

“Through our year of transformation, you generously gave us your support and we are grateful. There is still so much for us to do and we look forward to continuing to work toward creating a world where no affected individuals and their families fear living alone with their illness,” she added.

She likewise thanked Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, the Legislature and the Tinian Legislative Delegation for their financial support.

Community members join the annual Walk for a Claus on Tinian. Contributed photosCommunity members join the annual Walk for a Claus on Tinian. Contributed photos

“Thank you all for your amazing support,” she said.