Fund-raiser to help cancer victim |

Fund-raiser to help cancer victim

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A benefit to raise money to send Julie Schroeder, who has cancer, center, and her daughters, Kiri, 4, left, and Elise, 5, to Disneyland will take place Wednesday at Rockwater Bar and Grill.

“Song for Julie” is a benefit to raise money to send Julie Schroeder and her family to Disneyland. Schroeder is a 37-year-old, hard-working mother of two small girls, Elise, 5, and Kiri, 4. She is battling a second bout with life-threatening cancer. After losing a breast and a section of her lymph system, and undergoing grueling chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy, she seemed to be doing well.

A few months ago she began having painful headaches and pain in her hips. The diagnosis was inoperable metastasized cancer. The cancer had spread to her bones and liver, and she has since undergone more radiation therapy treatments. She has completely changed her diet, is embracing Western medicine as well as holistic medicines and spiritual healings. She wears a device called Life Force Machine, which is intended to bring her body into balance down to a cellular level. She believes that miracles are real and do happen.

Shortly after Schroeder received the diagnosis of “terminal” from doctors at the UC Davis Medical Center, she told a group of women who were performing a spiritual healing with her, “That diagnosis is unacceptable.”

“That’s our Julie: strong, positive, lovable and loving. Amazingly enough, through all this, Julie does not complain,” said friend Sooze D’Aintree.

Schroder has lived at South Lake Tahoe since 1995, and has worked at Scotty’s Hardware at the “Y.” She keeps their books, only missing a day here or a day there when the pain becomes too intolerable. She enjoys her job and the people she works with and wants to keep active.

Schroeder was born in January 1968 in West Covina, Calif., where she lived with her parents until she was 18 years of age. She then moved to Big Sur, where she fell in love with its clean waters and the jade stone she found within those streams.

“For a couple of years now when I’ve spoken with Julie she’s mentioned to me how much she’d like to take her children to Disneyland, but it just wasn’t affordable. It’s still not affordable, and that’s where we come in – her friends, co-workers and community,” D’Aintree said.

A celebration of life benefit called “Song for Julie” will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rockwater Bar and Grill, 787 Emerald Bay Road. The event will raise money to send Schroder and her family on a fun-filled, memorable vacation to Disneyland.

“Bring your voice for karaoke, your appetite for good food and a celebrating mood. We’re going to have a good time,” D’Aintree said.

For tickets and donation information contact Sooze D’Aintree at (530) 541-2227.


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