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Hundreds make strides toward a cure for cancer

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Whether walking to raise money for cancer research or to remember a loved one who died from the disease, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event started and finished at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.

The goal of the event is to help find a cure for blood cancers, by funding research.

Light the Night walker Nancy Campbell said, “My best friend that worked for hospice died in May, at 43 years old, so it is personal. My mom died in a care center in Pittsburgh last year.”

Close to 400 people walked the two mile route, and there are nearly as many stories of those whose lives have been changed by cancer. Richard Turel is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia. He had his final chemo treatment last Friday; less than a week later, he’s in remission and walking to stop the disease.

“I could cry. I could cry right now,” said Richard Turel.

“Yeah, he cries easy, but it’s touching,” added Anita Turel. “And until you’ve been touched by it you don’t know what it’s like, but we’ll always be involved in this in the future.”

Walkers carry balloons; white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost. Each year, these events take place across the country. Some walk in teams and others in families; each person, hoping to fight cancer one step at a time.

Light the Night raised $40,000 for cancer research. Together with planned walks in Raleigh and Durham next month, organizers hope to raise more than $400,000.

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videoWhether walking to raise money for cancer research or to remember a loved one who died from the disease, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night event started and finished at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.

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NBA star urges volunteerism in NC hometown

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — NBA star Chris Paul is returning to his North Carolina hometown to assemble care packages for American troops overseas.

It’s the fourth year Paul has used his “Winston-Salem Weekend” to stimulate city residents to volunteer to work on community projects.

Paul is asking people to help on Friday by assembling the military care packages and donating any of the items that would go in them. They include beef jerky and dried fruit, baby wipes and sunscreen, or magazines and AA batteries.

Paul attended Wake Forest University after graduating from West Forsyth High School.

His visit home includes a youth basketball clinic and gala honoring the late Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser on Saturday, then a community church service and social at Benton Convention Center on Sunday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NBA star Chris Paul is returning to his North Carolina hometown to assemble care packages for American troops overseas.

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N.C. plastics ban can save jobs, money and the environment, officials say

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.Com

Instead of recycling plastic simply because it’s the right thing to do, the state is banning plastic bottles from the waste stream because it’s the economic thing to do.

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Coffee shop run by Calvary Chapel opens in Wilmington

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Liz BiroLiz.Biro@StarNewsOnline.com

New Holy Grounds (2841 Carolina Beach Road) serves low-priced coffee (espresso, $1.50) with a dose of spirituality.

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Fatal parasailing trip went up in spite of alerts

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Passengers of a parasail tow boat on Thursday described a chaotic and terrifying scene off Ocean Isle Beach last month as two women parasailers were first stranded several hundred feet above the Atlantic than dragged across the ocean as blustery weather rolled into the area.

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