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Corona del Mar Today: Resurgent spirit

January 01, 2011

She and her husband, Paul, founded CureDuchenne the following year with the hope to fund medical research to find a cure. But in spite of successful fundraisers that have included mountain climbs and poker tournaments, attracting the attention of Cadillac and the Super Bowl has been the group's most major coup to date.

The relationship began last summer at a party at the Balboa Bay Club, where the Millers joined Cameron, whose 9-year-old son also has Duchenne. The party was a going-away bash for a neighbor moving to Detroit to work as a Cadillac executive, and that night, they discussed ways that Cadillac could one day help the Duchenne cause.

"He said he was going to do something — he just didn't know what," Miller said.

Miller and Cameron said they hoped for the best, maybe a sponsorship of a bike race.

Instead, their friend proposed that Cadillac create a Super Bowl partnership with CureDuchenne. The public service announcements, which will run before college bowl games and during playoff games, are one component of the partnership. Cadillac also has donated about 50 pair of Super Bowl tickets for CureDuchenne to auction as a fundraiser.

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Since learning that Cadillac selected CureDuchenne, the two women have been busy meeting with Cadillac and NFL officials. They even flew to Green Bay to watch the filming of the public service announcement.

Miller, Cameron, and their sons will go with their sons to Super Bowl XLV in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and attend parties and receptions to promote CureDuchenne.

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School vandalized

A vandal hit Harbor View Elementary, causing $700 in damage earlier this month, according to a police report.

The incident was reported Dec. 23 but occurred between 8 a.m. Dec. 16 and 8:30 a.m. Dec. 17, the day that school broke for winter vacation. Details about the vandalism were not available.

In recent weeks, the neighborhood near the school was hit hard by vandals and thieves. Among the incidents reported were:

• A vehicle burglary with a $1,705 loss in the 2800 block of Harbor View Drive between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Dec. 24.

A vehicle vandalism incident with $400 damage in the 900 block of Goldenrod Avenue between 11:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and 10 a.m. Dec. 24.

A grand theft in the 2500 block of Bungalow Place with $1,100 lost that occurred between 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 5 a.m. Dec. 22.

Corona del Mar High School also was hit by a burglar, a police report states. The incident at the school at 2101 Eastbluff Drive occurred between 9:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 8 a.m. Dec. 19, reports state, and caused $1,000 in damage with an undetermined loss.

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