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Presented the poster announcing the Witch Festival 2018 of Alcantarilla (17/03/2018)

On the morning of today in the facilities of the Estrella de Levante factory, the winning poster of the contest has been presented by the Federation of Peñas Festeras y Culturales de Alcantarilla, for the festivities of La Bruja.

The mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, the general director of Tourism, Manuel Fernández-Delgado, the counselor of Estrella de Levante and Sorcerer a few years ago of the Fiestas, Patricio Valverde and the president of the Federation of Peñas Festeras y Culturales, Juan Sornichero, together with a large number of supporters of the different clubs of our municipality, as well as the ladies of each of them who aspire to be queen of the festivities.

Also present were the senator from Murcia, the Nuria Guijarro sewer, the Councilor for Culture and Celebrations, María Luisa Martínez and the two Warlocks from the festivities, both the outgoing, Cristóbal García Morata, and the incoming one, the one from 2018, Javier Ybarra , CEO of the company Hidrogea.

The winner among the 12 works submitted to the contest was Rubén Lucas García, from Torreagüera (Murcia).

On March 8, at the headquarters of the Federation of Festeras and Culturales de Alcantarilla so decided, with a jury formed by Juan Sornichero (President of the FPFyC), Diego Guzmán (Secretary of the FPFyC), María Luisa Martínez León (Councilor of Culture and Celebrations, Doctor of Fine Arts and painter), María José Caride (painter, sculptor and sewer potter, is part of the art group TRAZOS6), Manuel Vacas (Painter, since 2016 is part of the art group TRAZOS6 del who is the founder), Álvaro Peña (Expressionist painter, plastic artist, Bachelor of Political Science and Sociology and is also a Corresponding Academician of the Royal Academy of Alfonso X "el Sabio" and Manuel Almira, photographer and photographer for just a few days official of the Federation of Peñas).

The Town Hall of Sewer, along with the Federation of Associations of Mothers and Parents of Students of our municipality have joined the challenge "We support Pablo and you? ...", with which it is intended to raise funds to cover funds of patients with neuroblastoma, a cancer in childhood.

A total of 3,000 euros that have been collected by students in different schools in our city.

The mayor of Alcantarilla, Joaquín Buendía, the Councilor for Social Welfare, Francisca Terol, as well as the presidents of FAPAMA, Salvador Ruiz Baeza and the Spanish Association Against Cancer of the Sewer, Pedro Hernández Caballero, were present. to the military paratroopers of the "Zaragoza" 5 Infantry Regiment, place where the people who have been walking for three days will spend three days traveling 150 kilometers, from Cieza to Totana: the first stage will be Cieza-Archena, the second Archena- Culvert and the third and last Culvert-Totana.

The initiative aims to make this disease visible in society and raise funds and collaborate with the Association of Relatives and Friends of Patients with Neuroblastoma (Nen) to encourage research into this uncommon pathology of the sympathetic nervous system.

Neuroblastoma is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form from neuroblasts (immature nerve tissue) of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord.

It is the third most frequent tumor during the first two years of life, and after tumors of the central nervous system as a whole, the most frequent solid tumor of the child, representing 8-10% of pediatric tumors and diagnosing about 50 new cases every year in Spain.

The challenge is that a group of four residents of Totana have traveled during these three days the municipalities of Cieza, Abarán, Blanca, Ricote, Ojós, Ulea, Villanueva del Segura, Archena, Lorquí, Ceuta, Alguazas, Las Torres de Cotillas, Molina de Segura, Alcantarilla, Librilla, Alhama de Murcia and Totana with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the "Pablo Challenge".

Pablo is a five year old boy, resident in Albacete, who when he was 2 years and nine months was diagnosed with stage IV disease, being one of the lowest surviving pediatric tumors.

Annually, some 1,400 cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed in Spain and only a little over fifty are neuroblastomas, which is why it is so important to continue researching the better to increase that low survival rate, which is only 40% -50% in children. high-risk neuroblastomas, according to the president of the AECC in Totana.

Pablo's challenge was born as a private initiative to raise funds that are normally allocated to public hospitals to investigate this rare pathology;

and after a year, funds have been raised for the Nen Association, which collaborates with numerous projects throughout Spain.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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