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By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2012
There wasn't a big match to be played on Tuesday, but a member of the UC Irvine men's volleyball team remained nervous for an important event dealing with the Anteaters. If you were at the celebration ceremony to honor the UCI team's national championship you wouldn't notice he was a bit anxious. But you could understand his excitement. There he was, Kevin Freeman, in his No. 1 gold jersey standing with his teammates at UCI. It was a big day for him. "I was happy to be with everybody," Kevin said a day later.
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By Britney Barnes | August 17, 2012
The family of a Newport Harbor High School student who is struggling to recover from a brain tumor is looking for community support. Shelby Benjamin should be getting excited to start her senior year, but instead she is fighting to recover from her second surgery to remove the tumor. The 17-year-old was released from the hospital Wednesday and isn't out of the woods yet, her family said. "I would appreciate any support from the community - any support or prayers would be huge at a time like this to get her back to the awesome, fun-loving girl she is," said Chadd Benjamin, Shelby's 22-year-old brother.
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By Steve Smith | August 16, 2011
If asked, most real estate agents will tell you that one of the most commonly asked questions is about the quality and location of the local schools — an important question, to be sure. Don Abrams, of Abrams Coastal Properties on Balboa Island, said in an email that other top questions involve square footage, why the owner is selling and whether furniture is included. Rarely are agents asked a question so important that one day a buyer's life could depend on the response.
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September 5, 2012
A Costa Mesa church is holding a car wash fundraiser Saturday for a Newport Harbor High School senior recovering from a brain tumor. Lighthouse Community Church, 301 Magnolia St., will give 100% of the proceeds back to 17-year-old Shelby Benjamin. Shelby is recovering from two surgeries this summer to remove a tumor in her brain. She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma a few days after school let out in June after an optometrist spotted a problem during a routine eye exam.
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By Steve Virgen | July 5, 2012
Harry Dill is no stranger to miracles. Less than nine months ago he defied the odds and overcame adversity in the form of a brain tumor. So when he stepped to the plate with the score tied, a runner on and two out in the final inning, he was ready to produce a baseball miracle. Dill delivered something out of a Disney movie. The 13-year-old blasted his third home run of the game to lead the Newport Beach Major Division All-Stars past Lake Forest/Saddleback, 12-10, in the first game of the District 55 All-Star tournament Saturday.
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January 24, 2009
It’s always rough when you hear about a sweet boy like Julian Dunn’s battle with a brain tumor. No one likes to hear about a child having to endure chemotherapy. We all want our children to grow up laughing, playing and with as few tears as possible. Even when they scrape a knee skateboarding, there’s that strong urge to rush to help. Now it’s in the hands of the experts — the physicians. They have diagnosed the problem and done the necessary surgery to remove the malignant tumor.
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By Richard Dunn | May 18, 2009
In the 24 years I spent as a Daily Pilot sportswriter and editor, I had the privilege of getting to know several coaches and athletes in the Newport-Mesa community in a variety of sports. From the pros in the earlier years when the paper covered the Angels and Rams to the high schools, colleges and youth sports, I enjoyed witnessing a cornucopia of great athletic feats. But more important are the relationships with people. High school student-athletes come and go. They graduate and move on. But many of the coaches remain in their positions after numerous years, even decades, because of their love for the game, as well as teaching and coaching.
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By Matt Szabo | March 10, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Opening Day was a special one for Newport Beach Little League. It was a special day when the ceremonial first pitch could be thrown by a boy, Harry Dill, who just four months ago discovered he had a brain tumor. It was a special day when that first pitch could be caught by a man, Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand but went on to have a distinguished professional career. It was a special day when another boy, Julian Dunn, who less than two years ago was given just a 20% chance of surviving cancer, could make his baseball debut.
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By Steve Smith | June 12, 2012
Cay and I married Feb. 22, 1987. On May 29, 2010, she stopped speaking to me. At first, I thought it was a combination of job stress, a few converging life events and the distinct possibility that she was mad at me. Several days later, at the urging of her employer and family friend, Jeff Schulein, I talked my way into the last appointment of the day with Dr. Kathleen Boos, her primary care physician. Boos performed a few simple tests, after which she said, "I want her to go to Hoag right now and get an MRI. " At 7 p.m. June 7, 2010, Cay's brain was scanned so doctors could determine why she was not speaking.
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September 5, 2012
A Costa Mesa church is holding a car wash fundraiser Saturday for a Newport Harbor High School senior recovering from a brain tumor. Lighthouse Community Church, 301 Magnolia St., will give 100% of the proceeds back to 17-year-old Shelby Benjamin. Shelby is recovering from two surgeries this summer to remove a tumor in her brain. She was diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma a few days after school let out in June after an optometrist spotted a problem during a routine eye exam.
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By Britney Barnes | August 17, 2012
The family of a Newport Harbor High School student who is struggling to recover from a brain tumor is looking for community support. Shelby Benjamin should be getting excited to start her senior year, but instead she is fighting to recover from her second surgery to remove the tumor. The 17-year-old was released from the hospital Wednesday and isn't out of the woods yet, her family said. "I would appreciate any support from the community - any support or prayers would be huge at a time like this to get her back to the awesome, fun-loving girl she is," said Chadd Benjamin, Shelby's 22-year-old brother.
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By Steve Virgen | July 5, 2012
Harry Dill is no stranger to miracles. Less than nine months ago he defied the odds and overcame adversity in the form of a brain tumor. So when he stepped to the plate with the score tied, a runner on and two out in the final inning, he was ready to produce a baseball miracle. Dill delivered something out of a Disney movie. The 13-year-old blasted his third home run of the game to lead the Newport Beach Major Division All-Stars past Lake Forest/Saddleback, 12-10, in the first game of the District 55 All-Star tournament Saturday.
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By Steve Smith | June 12, 2012
Cay and I married Feb. 22, 1987. On May 29, 2010, she stopped speaking to me. At first, I thought it was a combination of job stress, a few converging life events and the distinct possibility that she was mad at me. Several days later, at the urging of her employer and family friend, Jeff Schulein, I talked my way into the last appointment of the day with Dr. Kathleen Boos, her primary care physician. Boos performed a few simple tests, after which she said, "I want her to go to Hoag right now and get an MRI. " At 7 p.m. June 7, 2010, Cay's brain was scanned so doctors could determine why she was not speaking.
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By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2012
There wasn't a big match to be played on Tuesday, but a member of the UC Irvine men's volleyball team remained nervous for an important event dealing with the Anteaters. If you were at the celebration ceremony to honor the UCI team's national championship you wouldn't notice he was a bit anxious. But you could understand his excitement. There he was, Kevin Freeman, in his No. 1 gold jersey standing with his teammates at UCI. It was a big day for him. "I was happy to be with everybody," Kevin said a day later.
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By Matt Szabo | March 10, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Opening Day was a special one for Newport Beach Little League. It was a special day when the ceremonial first pitch could be thrown by a boy, Harry Dill, who just four months ago discovered he had a brain tumor. It was a special day when that first pitch could be caught by a man, Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand but went on to have a distinguished professional career. It was a special day when another boy, Julian Dunn, who less than two years ago was given just a 20% chance of surviving cancer, could make his baseball debut.
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By Patrice Apodaca | January 28, 2012
This is a story about a family crisis, medical professionals who showed the care and professionalism we all desire but don't always see, and a boy at the center of it all who defied the odds and then wondered what all the fuss was about. The boy in question is 12-year-old Harrison Dill of Newport Beach, a sixth-grade student at Anderson Elementary. Harry is a bright kid who likes to read, excels at school and loves baseball. He's tall for his age, but his aw-shucks grin and slightly mischievous green eyes betray his youth.
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By Steve Smith | August 16, 2011
If asked, most real estate agents will tell you that one of the most commonly asked questions is about the quality and location of the local schools — an important question, to be sure. Don Abrams, of Abrams Coastal Properties on Balboa Island, said in an email that other top questions involve square footage, why the owner is selling and whether furniture is included. Rarely are agents asked a question so important that one day a buyer's life could depend on the response.
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By Matt Szabo | June 3, 2010
COSTA MESA — At this time last year, Harbor View played for Katie. Now Katie McCullough is the one making the plays for the Vikings in the Daily Pilot Cup. The Harbor View girls' fifth- and sixth-grade silver division team topped Newport Heights, 3-1, in its first game of the tournament Wednesday at the Costa Mesa Farm Sports Complex. McCullough was in on a lot of the action for Harbor View. The fifth grader had an assist and multiple long runs up the field from her right forward spot.
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