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By Trisha Meraz
from Palmdale,CA

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Dear Members of the Community:

Please allow us to introduce ourselves, we are the parents of Dustin Joseph Meraz. Our son Dustin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10 years old. After a year of treatment, Dustin lost his fight to this deadly disease on March 5th, 2003. In honor of our son, we are holding the first annual "Kids Have Cancer, Too" benefit to fundraise money for the Children's Care Coalition and support Neuroblastoma Pediatric Cancer Research.

Children's Care Coalition is an 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Tax l.D. #020646450 afliated with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. CCC helps families with seriously ill children that need emotional and financial support. As we know from first hand experience, the devastation of diagnosis shatters a family's sense of security and well-being. CCC matches each family with two trained specialists: a nurse care coordinator and a parent navigator. Along with other clinical staff members, this care continuum integrates traditional home care and hospice services and addresses symptom and pain control. In addition, it establishes an immediate, on-going support system for the family to ensure that each family member has access to emotional, spiritual and psychosocial services. This network remains in place throughout the course of treatment, remission and/or bereavement.

The fundraiser this year will be held on August 11th at Rancho Vista Golf Course in Palmdale. We are asking for green and tee box sponsors or donations of prizes for raffles (i.e. admission tickets, gift certificates, etc.). We would greatly appreciate your support. Please contact Dave Meraz 661-810-2217 or Phillip Sandoval 805-525-6647 or mail contributions to CCC Dusty's Gift c/o The Meraz Family, 40239 Chelsea Court, Palmdale, CA 93551. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

We, along with all the families dealing with this horrible disease, sincerely thank you for your support.

With much appreciation,

Dave & Trisha Meraz
Dustin's Parents

Children's Care Coalition of Los Angeles
c/o Dusty's Gift
40239 Chelsea Court,
Palmdale, CA 93551

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