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St. John Cancer Fund Hosting 8 Tuff Recovery Party February 24


St. John Cancer Fund officials are hosting a party for all those 8 Tuff Miles runners to enjoy a day of relaxation on Oppenheimer Beach.

Join the St. John non-profit on Sunday, February 24, at Oppenheimer Beach from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to recover from those eight tough miles and support the fight against cancer.

Soak in the water, feast on an island-style clam bake and BBQ, and enjoy some cool libations, all while grooving to great DJ tunes and live music right on the beach.

Attendees are asked to park in Cruz Bay public parking areas and take a $5 shuttle to the beach. There is no parking at Oppenheimer Beach.

All proceeds will benefit St. John Cancer Fund, which was established last year in order for Love City residents to have another source of support in the fight against cancer.

There is no cover charge to get into the party, but St. John Cancer Fund officials are hoping people feel generous, explained Advisory Board member Hank Slodden.

“There is no cover charge, but it is a donation-based event,” said Slodden. “We’ll accept donations for food, beverages and the entertainment we are providing.”

Attendees who burned a lot of calories hoofing it over the hills of the 8 Tuff Miles course, will enjoy indulging in New England lobster rolls, little neck clams, oysters, hot dogs, hamburgers as well as vegan rotis.

There will also be massage therapists on hand to help ease those sore muscles, Slodden added.

“There will be some sore legs out there so, we’re hoping people donate a little something to get a rub down,” he said.

There will also be raffle drawings during the event and St. John Cancer Fund officials are continuing to accept donations for prizes.

The St. John Cancer Fund’s mission is to provide monies for prevention, treatment and supportive services in the fight against cancer on behalf of the community of St. John.

The fund was formed by a committee of St. John residents who wanted to see financial support for cancer with an expanded list of eligible expense coverage, additional preventative screening options, and flexible cap limits, according to information from the group.

“About 75 percent of our residents are small business owners and independent contractors,” according to St. John Cancer Fund. “Most do not have access to corporate or government offered insurance coverage, and individual health insurance policies are expensive and restrictive.”

“St. John Cancer Fund mission is to invest in the health of our community, and although the advisory committee, may vote to make donations to other organizations who have and continue to support our residents, the primary distribution of the funds raised by St. John is to St. John residents,” according to the group.

St. John Cancer Fund officials urge all who are interested in helping support the group’s efforts to become involved in its plans to host an array of fund raising events throughout the year.

Individuals and businesses may contribute to the fund at any time. Visit the website for more information or email

For more information about the February 24 event and how to volunteer and donate raffle prizes, email