Freddie Oakley’s Benefit For Cancer Victim

The following letter was sent by County Clerk Freddie Oakley to her fellow Department heads…

Dear Colleagues,

Lupe Ramirez, a Woodlander and a valued long-time employee in our Clerk/ Recorder’s office has a wonderful 20 year-old daughter, Leanna, who is fighting a courageous battle against a virulent form of cancer, Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors, that has now spread to her lungs.

The costs to the family for transportation, co-pays, prostheses and other medical necessities have become close to unbearable.

Staff and friends are organizing a 3 mile walk/run to benefit Leanna on Saturday, July 10th, at Douglass Junior High School in Woodland.

Colleagues, this is our family.  I am imploring you to post the notice of the walk/run in your offices and to organize any of your willing employees to participate and show their support for this young woman and her loving, supportive family.

I can not tell you how much it would mean to us for our co-workers to show their support in this way.

As a Department Head and decision-maker, I know that you share with me a  deep and gnawing sense of responsibility and sorrow for what employees like Lupe are going through as they struggle to maintain their families when we have had to cut their incomes by ten percent.

Kindness and charity are among the core values that all of our belief systems call on us to honor.  Please be true to yourself and to your beliefs by helping and urging others to help.

Information is attached.  Please let us hear that you are prepared to step up in a meaningful way.

Yours sincerely,

Freddie Oakley

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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