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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 21, 2013
To start the day in Newport Beach, Kathy Leek had a black bag that could have fit two people. That is if it wasn't so full of yarn. Throughout Saturday, about 35 people whittled down the raw material in the Fashion Island Macy's, knitting or crocheting items to sell in support of breast cancer awareness and research during the sixth annual Knit One Cure Too "knit-a-thon" put on by Spa Gregorie's. "This young gentleman is teaching me how to finger knit," Leek said, motioning to one of the youngest volunteers, who had yarn hanging off their hands.
By Steve Virgen | September 30, 2013
The Newport Harbor High and Orange Lutheran girls' volleyball teams, along with Saddleback Volleyball Club, recently united and competed to raise funds for Emma Griffith, an Estancia sophomore who was diagnosed with cancer in June. The motto, "Fight Like a Girl," is being used to describe Griffith as well as raise money for and support Griffith and her family. Griffith's mother, Jenny, played at Newport Harbor and was a coach at Orange Lutheran. Her sister, Abby, also played at Orange Lutheran.
September 10, 2013
Mary Louise Seymour (Marilou) Passed away peacefully at home with family on September 8th 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Nana's zest for life and never give up attitude was an inspiration to all.     Obituary and Celebration of life to follow.
By Bradley Zint | September 6, 2013
Old-school style on four wheels - and two - is heading to the seashore Sunday. The 10th annual Coastline Car Classic at Corona del Mar State Beach is expected to attract hundreds if not a couple thousand people, who will be able to gaze at more than 130 classic cars and motorcycles. The event, which benefits the Irvine-based Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, is hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate.
By Michael Miller | August 14, 2013
To young cancer patients nationwide, Roger Daltrey is the new boss. And whatever The Who may have sung decades ago, he's not the same as the old boss. That was the thought that crossed my mind when I attended Daltrey's show Saturday at the OC Fair, then put in a call Monday to the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program, which the singer launched with bandmate Pete Townshend in 2011. The men who once snarled at those who "try to put us down" are now serving as protectors for a very different generation.
By Mathew Luschek and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 13, 2013
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens spoke about her battle with breast cancer Sunday at the Komen Orange County Survivor Celebration & Awards Luncheon at the Oasis Senior Center in Corona del Mar. She was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer last year and is undergoing radiation treatment. Koman also recognized three Orange County women for their contributions to breast healthcare. "I was fortunate enough to discover a lump through self-examination," the sheriff said in a news release.
By Chasen Doerr and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 13, 2013
The message - cancer awareness - came in the form of bright, multicolored yarn patches placed throughout The LAB Antimall in Costa Mesa. The final yarn bomb piece went up Tuesday morning, covering the center's well-known sign. Members of nonprofits Knots of Love, Project Linus and the TEDxYouth at Bomber Canyon gathered to watch the culminating event. The three groups spent the past week wrapping trees, signs and poles at The LAB in yarn, according to a news release. The groups teamed up with The LAB, which dedicated August to the "art of yarn," working with the Yarnover Truck and offering several fundraising knitting events, the news release said.
By Rhea Mahbubani | August 8, 2013
Roger Daltrey doesn't perform at fairs. Usually, anyway. Saturday's concert at the Pacific Amphitheatre will be his second such gig in a career spanning 50 years. The first was in Minnesota in the 1990s. The details escape him, he said - it's been so long. Hardcore fans tend to flock to theaters and arenas, regardless of whether it's a solo program or a tour by the Who. Fairs are a strange sort of fun because you can never be sure what you're going to get, Daltrey admitted. What about the OC Fair urged him to sign up, then?
By Chasen Doerr | August 2, 2013
Costa Mesa's Wild Goose Tavern is hosting a luau and pig roast to raise funds for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Wild Goose Tavern, which has been open for less than a year, will donate 50% of the event's sales to the Newport Beach-based foundation, according to a news release. Members of the foundation will sell merchandise from which 100% of the proceeds will go to the charity. Chef Dave Berg will prepare a pig roast for the Aloha-themed event which will also feature a beer garden and cocktail bar with a selection of tropical drinks on tap. "We're looking forward to an incredibly fun event and are pleased to know that the money raised will directly support the fight against cancer through the formidable work of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation," said Wild Goose co-owner Mario Marovic in a statement.
By Jill Cowan | July 26, 2013
Friends of a Corona del Mar Middle School teacher whose wife recently died are raising money to help her three children pay for school and other expenses. Katina Moody Brude, 39, died July 12 following a three-year battle with cancer. Her husband, Chris Brude, teaches English and journalism. The story was first reported by Corona del Mar Today . "The reason I'm so focused on this is Katina was such a great mother and such a great friend," said Daniel Patterson, a close friend of Brude as well as a teacher at CdM Middle School.
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