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August 24, 2013

Conemaugh Health Foundation is honoring cancer fighters with the 5th annual Suzapalooza bash

— Suzapalooza’s fifth anniversary celebration will recognize those who are battling or have battled cancer.

The event will held from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at pavilions 6 and 7 at Duman Lake Park near Nicktown.

Suzapalooza originated after Suzie McCombie of Ebensburg R.D. was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2009.

“The entire community pulled together to show their support both financially and emotionally, and they started Suzapalooza for my benefit,” she said. “The outpouring of love and support I received during my battle made me want to pay it forward to someone else, which is why I continue the Suzapalooza event.”

McCombie, who is in remission, said that for the first few years she selected a person in the community who was going through cancer treatments and held the party in his or her honor. This year all proceeds will go to Conemaugh Health Foundation, earmarked for cancer patients being cared for within the Conemaugh Health System.

“By donating to the Conemaugh Health Foundation, we will be helping hundreds of local cancer patients,” McCombie said. “The money will stay local, and we’ll be able to see in some shape or form our donation at work.”

The event will feature music from Ghostown Revelry, Barr T Bluegrass, Never Enough and DJ Seph. There also will be food and refreshments, a basket raffle, a corn hole tournament and other family-related activities.

To date, the event has raised about $16,000. McCombie hopes to see Suzapalooza continue.

“We want this to be about celebrating life – to memorialize those we lost to cancer and to honor those who continue their fight,” she said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12. A fifth anniversary mug will be available for $15.

For more information or to make a monetary or basket donation, call 242-8267.

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