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Cancer Survivor Runs Marathon to Benefit LoveLine

11/25/2003

A survivor of testicular cancer, David Deese, of Lexington, wants to give back to others who need help with some of the struggles that go with cancer. Deese, who will run in the Disney Marathon in January, has designated the LoveLine program of the Cancer Center at High Point Regional Health System as the beneficiary of the money he raises from the marathon.

The 36 year old Deese, who teaches band at E.L. Brown Middle School and East Davidson High School, was a cancer patient at High Point Regional, where he underwent surgery and 17 radiation treatments at the Cancer Center. His wife, Whitney, gave birth to both of their sons at High Point Regional, so the entire family feels a connection with the hospital.

The LoveLine program offers special care and support to cancer patients and their families with financial assistance for crisis necessities that are not covered by insurance. Since the program’s inception in 1989, LoveLine has received and distributed over $300,000 to those in need, and Deese is hoping his efforts will add to the total as well as inspire fellow cancer patients.

Those wishing to contribute to Deese’s marathon goal for LoveLine or would like more information about this special program, should contact Kristen Craver at High Point Regional, 336/878-6293.

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