CEDAR CITY — The 11th annual “Pink Christmas” fundraiser presented by the Brave Ribbon Foundation, will help raise money for three local families who are battling cancer.

Noemi Anguiano (wearing gold coat) with her husband Jose Uribe and their three children, date and location not specified. | Photo courtesy of Brave Ribbon Foundation, St. George News / Cedar City News

The family-friendly event, which will include a talent show, silent auction, bake sale, gun raffle, and an appearance by Santa Claus, is scheduled to take place on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Cedar High School.

Organizer Rachel Torres said the popular event has helped a total of 29 families over the past 10 years, raising more than $308,000. 

Torres said that one of this year’s beneficiaries, Noemi Anguiano, sadly died on Friday, Nov. 17.

“We are still going to raise money to help her family, because it’s the right thing to do,” Torres told Cedar City News on Monday.

Charity Garza (center) and her family, date and location not specified. | Photo courtesy of Brave Ribbon Foundation, St. George News / Cedar City News

“Everyone that I’ve talked to has just spoken so kindly about how nice they are as a family and just so genuinely kind,” Torres said.

Following are brief profiles of each of this year’s beneficiaries:

Noemi Anguiano was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 stomach cancer in September 2022 after experiencing intense stomach pain. She leaves behind her husband Jose Uribe and their three children: Evelyn, Karla and Ricardo Uribe. Noemi was known for her baking, cooking and crocheting skills. 

Asher Barlow, a second grade student at Cedar City’s East Elementary School, was diagnosed with craniopharyngioma after having an extended seizure in April 2023. He has since had MRI examinations every three months and will soon undergo proton beam therapy at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, after the holidays. Asher enjoys playing with Legos, gardening, art, rocks and fossils. He is the son of James and Jill Barlow and has a younger brother named Ryan.

Charity Garza was diagnosed with stage 3C triple-negative breast cancer in January 2023. She underwent surgery and has just finished her first round of chemotherapy. She has another surgery scheduled for Nov. 29, the night of the Pink Christmas event. Garza is accustomed to a busy lifestyle, so the adjustments to not feeling well have been difficult for her. However, she said she believes that she will win this battle because there is too much to live for. Garza and her husband Nathan Garza are the parents of three teenage children.

Asher Barlow (front left) with his parents and younger brother, date and location not specified. | Photo courtesy of Brave Ribbon Foundation, St. George News / Cedar City News

Organizers are still accepting donations for the silent auction and bake sale. To make a donation or for more information, please contact Rachel Torres via phone at 435-463-2665 or via email at braveribbonfoundation@gmail.com.

Additionally, direct monetary donations can be made through State Bank of Southern Utah under the name Pink Christmas or via Venmo @BraveRibbonFoundation.

Event details

What: Brave Ribbon Foundation’s 11th annual “Pink Christmas” fundraiser.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Cedar High School, 703 W. 600 South, Cedar City.
Additional information: Contact Rachel Torres at 435-463-2665 or visit the foundation’s Facebook page.

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