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Poker tourney/dinner to aid cancer victim

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 2013

Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano and "Team Effy" member Elizabeth Watson, 2, who are both fighting cancer, are joined by Jennifer Watson in August at Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services Center. (File photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — A poker tournament and dinner this Saturday will serve as a fundraiser to defray costs for a local 2-year-old girl who is battling cancer.

On July 30th, just four weeks after her second birthday, Effy Watson was diagnosed with leukemia. Since then, a new partnership emerged between Effy and Watsonville Police Chief, Manny Solano, who was also diagnosed with a rare blood cancer around the same time. The pair now forms Team Effy, a friendship with a mission to blaze through their treatment programs together and emerge in full health.

Solano has helped spearhead several fundraisers, through Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services. He is also one of the key players in the poker event Saturday

The Texas Hold 'Em Tournament costs $100 per person and includes a tri-tip and chicken dinner, a choice of beverages and entry into the tournament. 

Prizes include vacation getaways, sports tickets, including the 49ers and Giants, overnight stays, golf packages, and more


Effy has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

“Effy has treatments scheduled over the next two years at Stanford Medical Center, which is 90 minutes from our house,” said her mother, Jennifer Watson. “It is every parent’s worst nightmare. We were shattered. They started treatment immediately. Effy now goes in for intense chemotherapy twice a week.”

James Watson, her father, said that Effy’s leukemia is most common in young children and has a 90 percent survival rate.

The fundraiser is Saturday at the VFW Building, 
1960 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville
. Dinner runs from 5-6:30 p.m. and a silent auction (all are welcome)
 takes place from 7-10 p.m. The tournament (for ages 21 and over) begins at 7 p.m.

 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to Effy’s family. 
Call 831-207-6760 for information.

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