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Charity keeps funds local

by Leslie Pearson
lpearson@recordcourier.com
Tianna Gregory signs and sells posters at a Hayward, Calif., store to raise money for the Cancer Cure Aiders of Douglas County on June 15.
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Living a model’s life in Los Angeles allows a former Douglas High School student to raise funds for a charity important to her family.

Tianna Gregory, 24, and her mother and stepfather have been involved with raising money and awareness for cancer patients since Gregory was 9, she said.

Gregory’s parents, Stacey and Craig Ziglar, were both event chairs for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Stacey said her daughter took part in manning booths, walking the Relay for Life event and even setting up karaoke.

“My stepfather was the manager of Scolari’s and the store was always a big supporter of the events,” Gregory said. “We were a part of every event.”

The charity is also personal for the Ziglars and Gregory. Stacey’s former boss and friend died of cancer as did Gregory’s grandfather.

About a year ago, the Ziglars decided to focus on assisting cancer patients solely in Douglas County and joined The Cancer Cure Aiders of Douglas County.

“The American Cancer Society is great, but the money raised with them doesn’t always stay in the community,” Stacey said.

Gregory was invited to do an event with Hayward, Calif. store Platinum Vapes. The owner, Lilly Holiday, told Gregory that she could sell her merchandise like posters and donate the money to a charity of Gregory’s choice.

She chose the Cancer Cure Aiders and raised $1,900 at the June 15 event for Douglas County cancer patients.

“It’s hard seeing people in Douglas County that can’t afford their medication or gas to get to their doctor’s appointments,” she said. “All the money goes to Douglas County residents who we know and I grew up with and we see everyday.”

This is the first time Gregory’s career as a model has coincided with her charity work.

“I’m really blessed to have been given the opportunity to do this event,” she said. “The fans were really supportive of it and there was a good turnout.”

Offers from other stores to do similar events are starting to come in, she said.

“I never thought I’d be able to do this (with modeling),” Gregory said. “I plan on doing more. I figured it’d be a good cause for our small town.

“A lot of people need help and I felt I could help a little bit.”