While battling the cancer that would eventually take her life, Laurie Cordeiro of Bristol dedicated her life to helping others facing a similar fate. On Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon to 9:30 p.m., friends and family of Ms. Cordeiro will continue the legacy that she began by hosting the second annual Rock in Pink event at Bristol Town Beach and Sports Complex.
In Ms. Cordeiro’s backyard, the Gloria Gemma Foundation constructed a Garden of Hope, a trademark of the Foundation that offers cancer victims and their families a serene place in which to work the soil, honor a loved one or simply escape from the daily realities of living with a potentially terminal disease.
When the Gemma Foundation began looking for a place to construct a community Garden of Hope, Ms. Cordeiro began in earnest to find a place in Bristol that would meet their needs and the needs of the community. Last fall, before Ms. Cordeiro’s death, the Gemma Foundation agreed to build the first community-based Garden of Hope in Bristol, on the grounds of the soon to be Quinta-Gamelin Community Center. While work began on the construction of the garden last year, the Rock in Pink event hopes to raise money so that the garden can be completed and everyone can benefit from the tranquil, park-like setting it will offer.
Seven bands are scheduled to appear at the rain or shine event said Jacki Cordeiro, one of the event organizers. Among them are Diesel and Juniper Hill, with Crushed Velvet, Liquid Fix, Fare Game, Blue Moon Lightning and Lost Radio appearing throughout the day-long event.
The event is open and free to all, with food, raffles, and other fund-raising efforts going on during the concerts. Families are encouraged to attend, with plenty of activities for children. For more information or to find out how to get involved, contact Jacki Cordeiro at 401-996-1707.