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July 16, 2013 > Local student cooks to fight Luekemia

Local student cooks to fight Luekemia

Omkar Salpekar, a sophomore at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward organized a July 4th community fundraiser at the Eden Shores Community Barbecue for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is an organization committed to funding blood cancer research and improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Grass roots support such as this event has helped the organization assist in the development of therapies and drugs to cure or control leukemia and lymphoma.

Too help LLS achieve its goal, Salpekar decided to use his talents as a cook to make a difference in this campaign. "Once I learned how to cook tandoori chicken from my mother and grandmother, I thought I should utilize this skill for good cause. With the help of my family, I prepared 270 pieces of tandoori chicken." The result was a crowd who enjoyed a great meal and a contribution of $511 to LLS. Hayward Council Members Al Mendall and Francisco Zermeno and Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney came by to sample Salpekar's culinary masterpiece and support his efforts. Salpekar says, "It was great to be able to use my skills to benefit the community."

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