Pipe-A-Thon to fight cancer at several local bars tonight

The sounds of Auld Lang Syne on the bagpipes will ring through 18 Alameda bars this evening thanks to the ambitious fundraising efforts of East Bay resident Andy MacKay.

“Tonight is the most exciting night of the year back home in Scotland,” MacKay said. “I’d like to share this excitement with fellow Alamedans and Bay Area folk.” 

Members of the Alameda community gathered at Alameda Island Brewing Company Monday, Jan. 11, to attend the 2016 Relay For Life of Alameda Kickoff event.

Attendees represented churches and schools, fraternal organizations and businesses, families and friends, all present to get ready for Alameda’s 22nd year of participation in Relay For Life, supporting the American Cancer Society.

The Wood Middle School volleyball players used teamwork to support breast cancer awareness. Throughout the month of October the girls donned pink hair bows while the boys sported pink socks and laces. 

They hosted bake sales at the games and asked their classmates for donations on game days. 

The Beavers decided that because Wood is a Title I (low-income) school, they wanted to help others who are low-income, so they selected the “Friends of Faith” organization, whose mission is to help low-income, under-insured women (and men) undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

Two Alamedans suffering from cancer recently felt a warm outpouring of support from neighbors, family and friends.  

At an Open House at Maya Lin School on May 29, students, parents and friends held a bake sale to benefit Miranda Robles-Tuttle, a fifth grader at the school with bone cancer. Her classmates organized the sale to support an online fundraiser at to help her family cover medical expenses.

Another Alameda family has a relative in need of support. 

In support and recognition of children battling cancer, Alameda resident Marianna Martinez, 11, participated in the St. Baldrick’s Day event at Oakland Children’s Hospital. The Lincoln Middle School student traded her elbow-length hair for a shaved head, she said because she wanted to support a classmate suffering from cancer.