Ghosts & goblins raise funds for cancerresearch at OCCHA's Halloween event


Plenty of chuckles abounded when several dozen children and adults entered the hall dressed deliberately outlandishly, but the underlying cause that united them was anything but a laughing matter.

“My father was diagnosed two years ago in July,” Terri Schneider said, noting when his dad learned he had multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects mainly the bones and has no known cure.

Schneider’s father, James Sheets, and his diagnosis were instrumental in her decision to found Team M&M, which is affiliated with the annual Relay for Life event. Team members also were on hand for Saturday’s second annual Halloween party and fundraiser at the Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana organization’s hall, 3660 Shirley Road, off Midlothian Boulevard.

Proceeds are to go to American Cancer Society programs and for greater awareness of the disease, organizers said.

Read more about the participants and the event in Sunday's Vindicator or on