September 5, 2014


Mission San Juan Capistrano

Within the historic Serra Chapel, Mission San Juan Capistrano provides inspiration to those suffering from cancer as it houses the St. Peregrine statue, the patron saint of cancer sufferers.

This summer, the 237-year-old landmark did something new and hosted its first ever yoga-inspired, stretch and strength classes in honor of St. Peregrine, and in an effort to support its many visitors who suffer from cancer. With the series designed to accept donations for after-hours admission, funds were used to pay for an instructor from “I Heart Yoga in the Park” with the hopes that net proceeds could support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of San Juan Capistrano.

The Mission team had no idea how many would be interested in attending this new experience and was appreciative of the fact that over 300 people attended this program over three separate sessions.

At the end of the stretch and strength series, a check with the net proceeds of $1,176.50 was presented to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of San Juan Capistrano during the Mission’s annual Fab Four – Beatles tribute summer concert on Saturday, August 31.

This first check was presented by Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director of the Mission, along with SJC resident, Steve Freese, who is currently battling cancer, to local Relay for Life Chairman and San Juan Capistrano resident, Ted Roberts.

The audience was awed as the speakers noted their own challenges facing cancer and the goal to beat it by raising funds for research and support locally.

The Mission organization was proud to carry out an event that generated little impact and had great meaning. The attendees, staff, and Mission Preservation Foundation look forward to hosting a stretch and strength series again next summer in the fight against cancer.










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