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'Zumba for Zoe' to Fund Scholarship Program

A zumba event in honor of late local teen Zoe Inciong will be held this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Alvarado Elementary School.

The family of late teen Zoe Inciong is keeping her memory alive by starting a scholarship fund in her honor.

Zoe, who battled Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, passed away in July. Her story inspired many in the community to hold blood drives and fund cancer research.

On Saturday, family and friends will hold “Zumba for Zoe,” a zumba fitness event at 9 a.m. at Alvarado Elementary School.

Organizers are asking for a $10 to $20 donation to benefit the Zoe Inciong Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded graduating scholar athletes through the New Haven Pilipino American Society for Education.

“For our family, it’s really heartwarming to have her legacy live on so quickly,” said Maria Inciong, Zoe’s mother.

Maria hopes to award at least one $500 scholarship to a student in the spring.

“I want to be ambitious and award four $500 scholarships but it all depends on how the fundraiser turns out,” she said.

The money raised Saturday will be partly matched with dollars from Zoe’s So Things Don’t Suck fund. Initially established as an emergency fund for Zoe, So Things Don’t Suck is now being used to fund programs such as the scholarship, Maria said.

The family is also working to create a scholarship for students who face a health challenge or are impacted by a relative with a serious health issue.

More events are also being planned, the family said.

“These events and all the people around the community who are doing things to keep her memory alive helps with the grieving process,” Maria said.

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Zinn October 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Is there any site online where one can donate money; PayPal perhaps?
prabuy October 18, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Hey Zinn, Unfortunately, there is no online site where one can donate money at this time. Per my sister, Maria, 'Some have inquired about sending donations. Please mail to Maria Inciong 30530 Del Valle Pl, Union City, CA 94587'. Thank you and take care.
prabuy October 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
We believe that establishing this scholarship is another way to honor Zoe's legacy. We haven't decided what to name this scholarship. It will either be Zoe Means Life or So Things Don't Suck. We welcome your vote on the scholarship name. On her last day, Zoe asked us to donate a portion of her So Things Don't Suck Fund and leave the rest for Teo. She didn't specify exactly where to donate the money. From previous conversations, she often spoke about helping others in similar situation as hers. The Zoe Inciong Memorial Scholarship for scholar athletes and the yet-to-be-named scholarship for students affected by debilitating illness are two avenues for us to honor her wish and carry out her legacy. We continue to struggle getting through each day without Zoe. Establishing these scholarships help us with the grieving process because through these we are able to keep her spirit alive. Some who were not able to attend the Zumba event inquired about how and where to send donations for the scholarship. Checks can be made out to NH PASE for the Zoe Inciong Memorial Scholarship. For the yet-to-be-named scholarship, checks can be made out to So Things Don't Suck. Both can be mailed to 30530 Del Valle Pl, Union City, CA 94587.

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