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Climb to Conquer Cancer at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater

Join the American Cancer Society’s Climb to Conquer Cancer at the Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater

Big Bear, CA – Local residents from all over the mountain communities along with avid hikers can join the American Cancer Society and help beat our biggest rival by participating in our 2nd Annual Climb to Conquer Cancer event. Climb to Conquer Cancer starts at 9:00 am on September 7th at the amphitheater at Big Bear Discovery Center located at  40971 N Shore Drive, Fawnskin.  The community is invited to hike at 9am and/or join us for the free festival at 11am with music, food, vendors, games and fun for the entire family.

We will be honoring cancer survivors with lunch donated by Sonora Cantina.  A special tribute will take place on our stage for Michael Cusimano. Event Lead, Francine Derstine shares; “This year we are honoring our friend and Cancer Survivor Speaker & Top Fundraiser 2018 … Michael Cusimano!  Michael shared his story and his music with us at our event last year. He wanted to help others even when he was battling his own cancer.  He is an inspiration to all that had the honor of knowing him.. we hope you can come out to share in our special tribute to Michael Cusimano.. our talented and compassionate friend.

“The American Cancer Society provides many types of events, just like this, for those who want to participate and help raise money for our free services and programs,” said Community Development Manager, Liz McGiffin. “Money raised at our events give hope to those who are battling and their families who support them.  Having cancer on the mountain means that you have to travel for treatment.  The American Cancer Society provides rides and there are hotel partners for those that have to travel a distance for continued treatment.  We want to make sure the mountain communities realize there we are here for them .”

This year, an estimated 1.3 million people in the U.S. will participate in more than 2,000 events to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer in dozens of ways, each of them critical to achieving a world without cancer – from developing breakthrough therapies to building supportive communities, from providing empowering resources to deploying activists to raise awareness. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society 24/7 cancer help line and free rides to chemo. By joining the Climb to Conquer Cancer event, you can help attack cancer from every angle.

In addition to the support of the community, Climb to Conquer Cancer is also supported by many local businesses and organizations. Some of this year’s sponsors include: The Discovery Center, Alaska USA Bank, Sonora Cantina.

Join or donate to the Climb to Conquer Cancer movement in our community.
Visit   American Cancer Society is available 24/7 to help cancer survivors with their needs.  800.227.2345 or  For additional information about the hike.

Please contact Liz Mcgiffin 760.887.3427 or

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