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DATE: TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020
TIME: 3PM
LOCATION : 8218 Crow Canyon Rd., Castro Valley, CA
Bay Area Community Rallies Around 12 Year Old with Cancer: Over 100 Expected for Birthday Parade to Raise Awareness for Sarcoma Awareness Month

(CASTRO VALLEY, CA ) Krystie Gomes is an outgoing, fun, typical middle school girl. She goes to school, plays club Volleyball and Soccer, loves her stuffed monkey, and her mom’s cooking. Back in August of 2019 she experienced some leg pain which everyone attributed to a sports injury. When her leg pain failed to improve and she started losing weight, her physical therapist suggested that her parents take her for an MRI. On Friday, January 24, 2020 Krystie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma Bone Cancer . Since January, Krystie has gone through twelve weeks of chemo, a 9 hour leg salvage surgery, and is currently going through a final 17 weeks of chemo. All before her 12th birthday - which is Tuesday,JULY 14, 2020.

Last week Krystie’s Mom posted to a local newsblog announcing Sarcoma Awareness Month, Krystie’s Birthday, and Krystie’s wish to donate some of her birthday money. Since that time, because Krystie is homebound, people from all over the Bay Area have rallied in support of Krystie, organizing a celebratory 12th birthday parade on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 3PM. The parade will start lining up at 2:50PM and will drive by the families home on Crow Canyon Rd. As of this writing, over 100 cars are expected to include the Castro Valley Fire Department and The local Sheriff's dept. Parade Staging Begins at 2:45PM @ 9150 Crow Canyon Rd., Castro Valley, CA. 

In honor of Osteosarcoma Month, the family is requesting that donations be made to UCSF Benioff Chirdren’s Hospitals Foundation in Oakland in the name of Krystie Gomes. A family friend has organized a GoFund me page for the family. 

ABOUT OSTEOSARCOMA: Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that produces immature bone. It is the most common type of cancer that arises in bones, and it is usually found at the end of long bones, often around the knee. Most people diagnosed with osteosarcoma are under the age of 25, and it is thought to occur more often in males than females.

ABOUT KRYSTIE GOMES: Krystie Gomes is an 11 year old girl from Castro Valley, CA who attends Canyon Middle School. She loves AMAZON , Starbucks & Panda Express and has played school and club volleyball and soccer since she was 5. She has two older sisters and an older brother - all athletes. Her parents are Kathy Feder and Ken Gomes of San Leandro, CA. Ken Gomes has worked for Reyes Coca Cola Bottling Company in San Leandro for over 25 years. Up until her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Kathy taught thousands to dance over the last 10 years via her Dance Co. studio in Hayward. The studio has since closed so that Kathy can care for her daughter. 

Contact: 
Kathy Feder (Mother)
Mobile: 510.828.1397

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Catalina Garcia-Quick
Carriage Trade Public Relations
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Mobile: 510.677.4433

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