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Safety, childhood cancer awareness focus of weekend events
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Turlock Fire Department engineer Rick Sousa helps Nick Beaken shimmy into the heavy firefighter gear at the 2013 MedicAlert Health & Safety Fair. - photo by Journal file photo

Two events will highlight children this weekend, the MedicAlert Health & Safety Fair and Lil Scotty's Soldiers of Hope Survivor Boot Camp.

MedicAlert is calling all super heroes for a day of safety-related fun at its fourth annual free community event. Along with encouraging visitors of all ages to don their favorite super hero costume, the fair will feature first responder demonstrations, a teddy bear clinic, car seat safety check, helicopter, bounce houses and kids craft area.

Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets to participate in the Super Hero Training Course, hosted by the Turlock Police Department. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a free bicycle courtesy of Mosce credit union.

Providing thrilling dance moves at Saturday's fair will be Turlock's own Internet sensation Brett Nichols and the LMNTO Dancers. They will be performing several Michael Jackson numbers, along with an original dance routine beginning at noon.

The Health & Safety Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at MedicAlert, 2323 Colorado Ave. in Turlock.

For more information on the MedicAlert Health & Safety Fair visit:

Scott Faubert — known as Lil Scotty to family and friends —was diagnosed with cancer three years ago at the age of 3. He endured his last chemotherapy treatment in 2012, and has been gradually regaining his strength over the past two years. In honor of the Dennis Earl Elementary student's battle with cancer and to highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a boot camp event filled with fun activities for other child cancer survivors and their families will be held Saturday.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Donnelly Park and feature mini sports camps, games and races, crafts and an obstacle course.

During the lunch break, guest speakers will be sharing their stories of faith, hope and love that have helped them deal with cancer in the lives of those they love. City of Turlock Director of Parks, Recreation, and Public Facilities Allison Van Guilder, a childhood cancer survivor and breast cancer survivor, will be sharing her story of hope.  

After lunch, Gypsy Cowgirl Kitchen will be doing a demonstration on making healthy fruit roll up snacks since eating healthy is important for childhood cancer survivors.  

Whipping Childhood Cancer has just started to take hold online — the pie in the face challenge is similar to the ice bucket challenge — and aims to raise awareness for the 46 kids diagnosed with cancer every day and the seven who will lose the fight. Lil Scotty and friends will be taking the challenge on Saturday, too. 

For more information about Lil Scotty's Soldiers of Hope Survivor Boot Camp, call Scott Faubert at 809-7038 or Trina Walley at 226-0039.