Woman Turns Canceled Wedding Into Cancer Fundraiser

Source: NBC Los Angeles / Hanna Horvath

When Jenny Ly ended her engagement to her boyfriend of five years, she was left with a $5,000 wedding venue contract, which she was unable to get out of.

The 25-year-old full-time student from Long Beach didn’t want the money to go to waste, so she decided to put the Clubhouse of the La Mirada Country Club in Santa Fe Springs to good use: by holding a fundraiser for cancer.

“I could have just cried myself to sleep every night,” Ly said, “But I’m trying to turn this bad situation into something else.”

Ly said she had relatives and friends recently touched by cancer, which prompted her to contact the American Cancer Foundation in early August.

Since then, the event has come together around the theme, “Lemons to Lemonade,” a tribute to turning a negative situation to something positive.

The August 28 fundraiser will feature comedian acts, raffles, dancing and a buffet dinner. All the proceeds will go to Relay for Life, said Nancy Whitney, a spokeswoman for the organization.

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