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McDonald’s donates $3,000 to MMAC

THE Marianas March Against Cancer committee and the Commonwealth Cancer Association on Wednesday received a $3,000 donation — in cash and gift cards — from McDonald’s.

MMAC co-chair Carline Sablan thanked McDonald’s owner and operator Marcia Ayuyu and her family for their continued support for the annual event, which will take place at the Commonwealth Ports Authority airport field on May 3 and 4.

“This year was especially challenging for the committee because we lost our venue — the Hopwood Middle School field,” Sablan said.

Hopwood was destroyed when Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian in October last year.

McDonald’s donated $3,000 in cash and gift cards to the Marianas March Against Cancer on Wednesday at McDonald’s Middle Road.  In photo, Commonwealth Cancer Association executive director Juan L. Babauta, MMAC luminaries sub-committee chair Jenypy Sambile, MMAC survivorship sub-committee chair Sharina Clark, CCA board member Malua Peter, McDonald’s staff member Keolani Ngiracheliong, MMAC steering committee co-chair Carline B. Sablan, McDonald’s owner and operator Marcia Ayuyu, and oral cancer survivor Melvin Sakisat.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioMcDonald’s donated $3,000 in cash and gift cards to the Marianas March Against Cancer on Wednesday at McDonald’s Middle Road. In photo, Commonwealth Cancer Association executive director Juan L. Babauta, MMAC luminaries sub-committee chair Jenypy Sambile, MMAC survivorship sub-committee chair Sharina Clark, CCA board member Malua Peter, McDonald’s staff member Keolani Ngiracheliong, MMAC steering committee co-chair Carline B. Sablan, McDonald’s owner and operator Marcia Ayuyu, and oral cancer survivor Melvin Sakisat. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“But we have been very fortunate to get the support of CPA so we will be hosting the event at the airport field,” Sablan added.

She also thanked the business community, including McDonald’s, “for stepping up to this worthy cause and continuing it this year.”

The MMAC, despite the setback from the typhoon, is moving along with its plans for holding the event which aims to raise funds and awareness about cancer.

Every year, Ayuyu said, McDonald’s is always looking forward to extend help to the MMAC. “We always support them because it is a good cause for the community.”

For Ayuyu, the fight against cancer is personal. “I have distant relatives and relatives of my husband who succumbed to oral cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer.”