CHS cross country battles cancer with legwork

The Claremont High School cross country team, also known as CXCP, is holding its annual 24-hour relay to help raise donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, a nonprofit that supports those impacted by blood cancer through research, patient financial support and advocacy.

The 24-hour relay has been a Claremont High School cross country team tradition for decades. This year’s relay will start at 8 a.m. sharp on Friday, July 15 at Claremont High School’s track, ending 24-hours later.

“The relay provides an opportunity for team bonding and helps foster strong communication channels between the team members and the coaching staff,” read an email from Jeff Blezien, campaign development manager for the LLS’s Team in Training. “The relay also allows the opportunity to help contribute to a charity, and various entities have benefited from the team’s fundraising throughout the years.”

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is at the forefront in the fight against cancer, with 75% of FDA approved drugs for blood cancer funded by LLS in the past few years, drugs that have been used to help 16 different diseases. Speakers from LLS will be attending the relay’s conclusion on Saturday and will share their stories.

For more information or to make a donation, visit

L.A. Regional Food bank

The monthly senior food bank hosted by the Claremont Senior Program in collaboration with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank returns to Larkin Park, 660 N. Mountain Ave., on Wednesday, July 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Adults ages 60 and up are invited to participate in the program, which provides a free food kit once a month to seniors who meet the necessary income guidelines. Food kits are prepared with specific nutritional needs in mind, such as meats, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk, cereals, and more.

For more details, call the L.A. Regional Food Bank at (323) 234-3030. Identification with date of birth is required for enrollment.


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