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UPDATED: Annual Fight It! 5K most successful one to date

Posted: April 2, 2010 3:49 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2010 1:27 p.m.
Bright and early this morning, hundreds of runners and walkers took to the cross-country course along the hills and tree-lined trails of Central Park in what turned out to be the most successful Fight It! 5k to date. A total of 378 runners, walkers, children, and canine companions participated in the 5k and 1k, all in benefit of the Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF).

The event, produced by JCI Santa Clarita Valley (Jaycees), raised $32,850 for the BMCF. Individual winners of the 5k include Tyler Tockstein of Santa Clarita with a time of 16:35 for top male and Nancy James-Klinger of Valencia with a time of 19:13 for top female. Kieran Wong and his team led the fundraising efforts with over $3,500 raised for the cause!

Runners and walkers alike enjoyed the festivities after the race, including a raffle presented by MC Michael Owsten of the Repratory East Playhouse, entertainment from BMX Skate Show, and a vendor village with everything from Pink Berry samples to massages from Heavenly Healing.

Special thanks to Platinum sponsor The Signal, and Gold sponsors Kieran Consulting, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Design by Melissa Pietrosanti, and Newhall Land for their support!

About the BMCF
The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF) supports patients 18-40 years old, currently undergoing cancer treatment. It covers services to meet daily needs, such as home health care services, co-payments, temporary housing, rent, insurance, and food. The goal of Brenda's Fund is to help young adults in treatment maintain self-respect and minimize the stress of associated financial challenges.

Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer in her late twenties, when she realized that the health care system was not equipped to meet many patients' day-to-day needs through months of treatment. As members of JCI Santa Clarita Valley, Brenda and Kieran Wong founded the BMCF in February 2001. Since then it has helped 342 recipients, providing over $234,000 in support services. In February 2004, Brenda lost her second battle against cancer. However, the Fund and JCI Santa Clarita continue to realize her vision.


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