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Local Woman Will Run Alaska Marathon to Raise Funds for Cancer Research

(Palm Springs, Calif., June 1, 2012) – Nicole Hernandez, age 25, has been training since January to run the “Mayor’s Marathon” in Anchorage, Alaska on June 23, 2012. She has been collecting sponsors and raising awareness along the way.

Hernandez’s passion to fight cancers, such as Leukemia and Lymphoma began when she lost a cousin to cancer in 2002. Since then, Hernandez has participated in Relay for Life and Hike for Hope numerous times; Light the Night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and America’s Finest City Marathon in San Diego to fight pancreatic cancer. This will be the farthest Hernandez has ever traveled to support her cause.

“Part of beating this disease is raising awareness about it,” said Hernandez. “I appreciate all of the people who organize and participate in events like the Alaska Marathon because they raise money for research and treatment, plus they increase people’s knowledge and support. It also lets people know who are battling these illnesses that others are fighting for them. I hope that my participation in Team will help bring more people hope.”

This time in her effort, Hernandez joined a running team training in Temecula (because there was not a team in the desert). Hernandez and her mentor are looking into forming a team here in the desert and become a mentor herself. Since January, she has driven to Temecula at least twice a month to train. The certified coaches there also assist with nutrition advising and injury prevention. Hernandez started running regularly two years ago, so between trips to Temecula, she maintains a workout routine in the desert.

To learn more about Hernandez’ journey as she prepares for the Alaska Marathon go to    http://pages.teamintraining.org/ocie/anchor12/nhernantiy. Through the website, people can also donate to the fundraiser quickly and securely. Restaurants including the Souplantation, California Pizza Kitchen and Rubio’s have held fundraising events to support Hernandez, with a portion of daily sales going to her effort.

Hernandez is looking to raise $4,500; she has already raised $2,350. Each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nearly 958,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers today.

Norma Angulo-Hernandez

Cielo Vista Charter

760.416.8250

nhernandez14@psusd.us

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