There's something about high school reunions. Some people avoid them like the plague; others embrace them for the loads of fun they can often become. Movies have been made about them.
Then there's the Newport Harbor High School Class of 1985, whose 25th anniversary reunion is scheduled for Aug. 14-15 at the Ayres Hotel & Suites in Costa Mesa.
The class is taking another tact: It's going to use its reunion as a fundraiser to help those who've been stricken with sarcoma, a cancer that took the life of one of its students, Suzy Leider, a high school cheerleader, friend to everyone and founder of the Sarcoma Alliance.
Also taken from this world was Terry Denigan, who died of skin cancer, and had been a star water polo player.
He died in August 2003; Leider in August 2002.
Denigan and Leider left indelible impressions on many in the Class of 1985, which rounds off at 500 students.