Zumbathon to raise money for toddler

LAGUNA VISTA — It takes a village.

A Zumbathon will be hosted in Roloff Park Oct. 21 to benefit Mia Rae Valdez, a 1-year-old who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Mia was diagnosed with a Sacrococcygeal malignant tumor in August and has recently undergone surgery at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Houston.

The event is being sponsored by a friend of the family, Christina Vega.

Liana Zamora, Mia’s mother, set up a GoFund Me account a month after Mia’s diagnosis in hopes of raising the $10,000 needed to cover the medical and travel expenses.

Vega said she saw her friend post the link, and wanted to do more.

“I just decided to do an event that could also help out,” Vega said.

Vega is a part of the Laguna Vista Police Department and enlisted the help of the department and some friends.

Certified Zumba instructors from Los Fresnos will be on site to lead the dance class and a minimum donation of $10 is being asked for those attending the Zumbathon.

Vega said the event is a way to show Zamora and her daughter that there is a whole community behind them.

“This is a way to show her that she is not alone and that there are people willing to help her and her baby Mia get through this,” Vega said.

Vega has set a goal to raise $700, but hopes she can double that.

“I want this to be a fun event for all who participate and a meaningful one at that,” Vega said.

Participants are encouraged to wear the color gold to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

If You Go

WHEN: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Roloff Park, Laguna Vista

COST: $10 minimum donation

To donate: visit gofundme.com/mias-fight-to-beat-cancer