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By Alicia Robinson | February 22, 2007
It's still not clear what killed about 60 birds near the Santa Ana River mouth in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, but animal care officials are narrowing down the culprit. Test results that came in this week from Antech Diagnostics in Irvine ruled out parasites, fungus and cancer, said Debbie McGuire of the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center, which handled the sick and dead birds. Earlier tests from USC's Caron Lab showed domoic acid, a toxin from red tide algae, is probably not causing the seizures, disorientation and death seen with most of the birds.
By Joe Haakenson | August 29, 2012
Al Merrick has shaped surfboards for some of the best surfers in the world and is considered by many the best shaper in the world. But he holds another title that is more important than any other: grandpa. Merrick is the grandfather of Daisy Love Merrick, and this Saturday the surfing world will come out to show their support for her. Daisy, who is 8, is facing cancer for the third time. Friends of the Merrick family, led by Christian Surfers U.S., have helped organize Paddle for Daisy, an international event to help raise money for Daisy's treatment.
By L'Oreal Battistelli | June 7, 2007
When Bill Howard retired he had 247 sick days racked up. "I just never got sick," he simply says. But four years into his retirement he got an odd feeling — he started feeling ill. It puzzled him because, "I've always been very healthy." When the 63-year-old Huntington Beach resident went to the doctors he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Then, just three weeks later, the doctors told him he had prostate cancer. A few months of chemotherapy and the removal of his prostate appears to have knocked out the disease, he says.
By Ashley Breeding | January 21, 2009
When Huntington Beach local Dan Sharp lost his 26-year-old brother, Nathaniel, to cancer in September 2001, his grief inspired him to make a difference by raising money for cancer research. “We [my family] also wanted to keep Nathaniel’s name alive and share his story,” Sharp said. “So we started the NKS (Nathaniel Keith Sharp) Foundation, which launched just last year.” The foundation will host its second event, Bands Together for a Dream and a Cure on Saturday at Pelican Isle, which will equally benefit the American Cancer Society and Dream Foundation.
June 23, 2010
A Huntington Beach pastor spent his 60th birthday Saturday walking more than 60 miles for a cause close to his heart. Bob Ewing, the executive pastor of First Christian Church of Huntington Beach, decided to spend his birthday walking to raise money for Institute of Families, a nonprofit that provides counseling and support to families touched by cancer or vision-impacting diseases. The Huntington Beach resident raised more than $8,500, surpassing his $6,000 goal. "It was just a great day. Very painful, but I'll get over it," he said.
By Michael Alexander | June 25, 2008
More than 700 participants on 41 teams of volunteers walked at Ocean View High School to raise money for cancer research in the Huntington Beach Relay for Life. The event, a 24-hour continuous relay walk that raised more than $106,000 so far for the American Cancer Society, brought cancer survivors and volunteers together to walk for the cause. Walkers for teams ranging from the HB United team, full of city employees and their friends and family, to a team of employees of the firm PricewaterhouseCooper, made sure the high school track was occupied at all times from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.
By Alicia Robinson | April 19, 2007
Huntington Beach Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s older brother, Kim, died this morning of complications from cancer at Fountain Valley General Hospital, the congressman’s office said. Kim Rohrabacher, the congressman’s only sibling, was 62. He served eight years in the Marine Corps and later worked as a transportation specialist, mainly for Northrop Aircraft. Rep. Rohrabacher flew in from Washington, D.C., Wednesday night to be with his brother, whom he said was known for his “generosity and charitable spirit.
By Kathryn Watson | June 11, 2009
Huntington Beach will host its 14th annual Relay for Life event Saturday and Sunday at Huntington Central Park. The event, organized by the American Cancer Society, will run about 24 hours between 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. No minimum amount of money is necessary to participate; however, the American Cancer Society recommends that each participant set a goal of $100. People of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to attend, said Victoria Alberty, chairwoman of this weekend?s event.
By Claire Chang | April 29, 2010
A sea of students in pink filled the halls of Marine View Middle School on Friday in efforts to support to a sixth-grade teacher, Susan McDonald, and her fight against breast cancer. “Many students you see here either have had her in the past or are currently in her class,” said Principal Roni Ellis. “She’s a student favorite, a parent favorite and a staff favorite here.” Students wore their favorite pink outfits, some of them even customized with inspiring words, phrases and drawings.
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