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Fighting cancer with passion

FALLBROOK – More than 150 walkers from the Fallbrook area joined together at the Relay for Life event last weekend (May 22-23) to fight cancer, honor those who have passed on, and recognize survivors during a luminaria ceremony. These walkers also took the challenge of raising funds to help those with cancer celebrate “more birthdays.”

Relay for Life events are 24 hours in length; representing the reality that cancer never sleeps. As evidenced by the number of community members and businesses that either participated in or donated to this endeavor, this was a true Fallbrook community event.

Fallbrook High School ‘Aggies 4 a Cure,’ led by Melissa Maultsby, was the top fundraising team, raising an impressive $2,500.

‘Team Dedicated,’ led by Matthew Noreen, showed the most overall spirit and was awarded the Spirit of the Relay award.

‘ESED Fallbrook,’ led by Mike and Stacey Verboom, was awarded Best Fight Back theme for their skin cancer prevention display.

The success of the event has been credited to the many teams who joined together to raise funds, and to those who participated in the Relay.

Businesses recognized for their substantial contributions to the 2010 Fallbrook event include $2500 Gold Sponsor, Southwest Traders, Inc .; $500 Bronze Sponsors, Shobe Plumbing, Berry-Bell & Hall Fallbrook Mortuary, “Remembering the man we love, Harlan Resch,” Temecula Valley Endoscopy Center (Dr. Eastman and Dr. Hong); and UltraStar River Village Cinemas. Many other local businesses donated food, equipment, and supplies.

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