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Man carries cross over 100 miles to bring awareness to children’s cancer


Friday, December 6th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.
Bevi Edlund
Staff Writer


In an action to bring awareness to childhood cancer, a San Diego resident and veteran carried an 80 lb. wooden cross over 100 miles from San Diego to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital where a young cancer patient, Jade Baeza, was awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

Ruben Loya, 28, carried the cross to honor Jade, who suffers from leukemia. He and his wife Lizeth have three of their own children, with their oldest, Christina, battling liver cancer.

The original route that Loya traveled was estimated to be about 113 miles. But he and his wife believe the total was closer to 130 miles.

Loya and his wife first learned about Jade in 2010, the first time she was battling Advertisement
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cancer. She also said soon after Jade went into remission, their daughter was diagnosed with liver cancer. Then Christina went into remission and they learned of Jade’s relapse within a few months.

As a community, they were able to raise over $2,000 for Jade and her family.

"We know firsthand the difference that money will make for them during this trying time. But there is so much more that could be done and must be done in the fight against cancer," Lizeth Loya said.

Loya told his wife that he spoke with some of the parents and children at the hospital and he felt like he really connected with them.

Support for Jade can be made by going to youcaring.com/other/jade-s-fundraiser/90951.


 

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