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Conquering cancer

Help orgs raise funds to find a cure

The American Cancer Society predicts 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year; more than a half million will succumb to it.

Sail: Raise money for the ACS Relay for Life with Cruise for a Cure. The yacht Endeavor departs Newport Beach at 12:30 p.m. Sunday and returns at 3 p.m. For a $75 donation, sailors enjoy a silent auction, sailing lessons, music and drinks (cash bar). Relay for Life on May 20-21 hopes to raise $160,000 for cancer research. More info: acsevents.org/relay.

Skip: This Sunday’s inaugural Kids 4 Kids 5K in Century City benefits the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, a nonprofit org supporting clinical research in pediatric cancer and improving the medical environs for all kids.

Matti Contopulos founded the org in 1987. Back then, she says, sixth-graders who caroled for cancer patients didn’t understand the disease. Last year, Contopulos spoke to a room of 25 fifth-graders and discovered only two didn’t know what cancer meant.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $10 for those under 18 and $20 for adults. Visit ccrf-kids.org.

Cheer: Dancing horses, musicians and Spanish dancers will awe auds at the Fiesta of the Spanish Horse benefit at L.A. Equestrian Center on Saturday, May 6. It’s part of the center’s four-day Spanish horse show to raise money for cancer research; USC’s mascot, Traveler, will make a special appearance. Fiesta starts at 6 p.m.; tickets are $20-$50. Call (818) 842-7444.

Run: Join hosts Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Julianne Moore and Kate Bosworth at the 13th Annual Revlon Run/Walk May 13 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 5K raises funds to fight women’s cancers. Feeling out of shape? Volunteer to distribute T-shirts or refreshments. See RevlonRunWalk.com for details.

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