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Community rallies to put an end to cancer

This year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life Dana Point saw more than 200 citizens, city officials and area business owners come together to raise money, foster a greater awareness and become personal advocates for ending cancer.

A highlight of this year’s event was a dunk tank. City Attorney Patrick Munoz was the first city official to take a turn in the tank. In a full business suit and tie, Munoz’ dousing raised more than $200. Fire Chief Rick Robinson was next, followed by Dana Point Chief of Police Lt. Mark Levy.

George Gray of The Weakest Link served as emcee for the 24-hour event and attendees enjoyed shaved ice, popcorn and Papa Murphy’s pizza.

The top fundraising team this year was team “Craig the Crab” formed in honor of Craig Brandmeier, son of Dana Point residents and Beacon Printing owners Judy and Brad Brandmeier. The team name “Crab” was chosen because it was the nickname of Craig who passed away on August 28 following a two-year battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia—a form of blood cancer. The team exceeded their fundraising goal of $5,000 and raised over $7,300.

“Together we raised over $55,000!” said Relay for Life Dana Point Chair Kathy Martino. “Mark your calendars for October 1 next year to join us once again.”

To find out more about the Relay for Life, log on to Please visit for a photo slideshow of the event.

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