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Bingo for a Cause

By Samantha Pollock

Spirits were high at Pancho’s Restaurant on Wednesday August 17th as friends, family and visitors gathered to show their support for Shanna Bombard. Six lively rounds of Bingo were played in order to raise funds for Shanna’s cancer treatment. By 9 pm more than 60 people had showed up to play. Businesses from the Nosara district showed their support by donating prizes including surf lessons, fishing expeditions and quad rentals. Despite the list of great prizes it was evident that those in attendance were far more interested in showing support for the much loved couple, Shanna and Ryan.

“I am more than happy to come out and support Shanna, I saw her recently and her spirits are high,” said David Vletas, a friend of the couple. “I think everyone is staying positive, she is young and strong, but this type of thing makes you realize life is fleeting, and you have to really live in each moment.”

Shanna, who recently turned 30, was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Her Costa Rican health insurance has declined coverage of her treatment on the grounds that the condition was pre-existing. Shanna received the diagnosis more than three years ago and has spent this time fighting the disease holistically.

For two years she was able to maintain good health with the alternative treatments. When Shanna became pregnant she discontinued the holistic remedies as a precaution. After giving birth to her son, Hunter Ker-Bombard, Shanna’s health began to deteriorate.

Shanna now has a significant growth on her neck. A biopsy of the growth was conducted last week, the family awaits the results which will determine the severity and stage of her cancer.

Erik Holmburg Hamburgesa
The Maxwell Family
Shana and Ryan's wedding day

Shanna is described by members of her family as an amazing, loving young woman who is entirely devoted to her family. The communities of Nosara as well as Long Beach, California, Shanna’s hometown, continue efforts to raise funds. 

A concert will be held at La Banana Bar Saturday August 27, proceeds will go to her cause.  
To contribute please contact Jamie Hughes at 714-728-3364 or by email at [email protected].


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Family maintain hopes for future treatments

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Fishing to Survive

It is 6 a.m. on a gloomy Pelada morning. Eliecer Lopez and Alejandro Mejia are trying to pull Chaday, their boat, into the ocean. Her old, blue body is having a hard time moving across the sand. After a few tries, finally she is by the water. Waves are slowly starting to hit her, yet they are not strong enough to embrace her.

Presidential House Responds –
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The peaceful march that was going to take place on July 25th in Nicoya was cancelled because, according to Marcos Avila, Nosara syndic, President Laura Chinchilla responded immediately to a letter sent at the end of the month of June by various local Development Associations.

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