Inland Women Fighting Cancer Brings Hope to Countless Cancer Survivors

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It's still hard for Christina Milian, a member of the local community and hairdresser to imagine that after five years of aggressive chemotherapy and other treatments, she would still be in the fight of her life to be cancer free. For those who know her, she is a true inspiration and for those who just pass her on the street they would never dream she was currently in treatment and has been for the past few years.  Her spirits always remain high and her dedication to help others is at her core.   

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"Conquering this beast called cancer has been a journey. Over the past five years I've had to stay spiritually uplifted and hopeful while also being my own best advocate. I've focused my attention on memories and making lots of them," said Christina Milian when asked about her cancer fighting journey. "My family and my faith have been my foundation for finding peace."

Not only does she continue to style hair she also continues to serve on countless boards which she has done for over 30 years including but not limited to the Assistance League of San Bernardino, Santa Clause Inc., and Communities Against Drugs, to name a few.  She is also the voice of the Inland Empire NBC Affiliate, KCAA 1050 AM, a local talk show.  Due to her on-going fight and commitment to the cause, her most recent affiliation is serving as one of the Founding members of Inland Women Fighting Cancer. 

Most recently the group, in partnership with Stater Bros. Charities, has made major donations to cancer fighting organizations in the Inland Empire, including $190,000 to Loma Linda University Cancer Center, $100,000 to Redlands Community Hospital, $50,000 to St. Bernardine Medical Center and $15,000 to the Beloved Foundation in Redlands. They have also made major donations to Michelle's Place, a cancer support organization in Temecula, California.

These donations are made possible through the annual Believe Walk event that takes place each year in the historic district of Redlands, California on the first Sunday of October. 

More than 10,000 walkers, runners, families, survivors, and people currently in treatment like Christina walk through the historic district of Redlands to raise awareness, funds and support for people faced with cancer – all cancer that affects men and women, as well as children. The total raised so far is over $1.3 million.   

This year's Believe Walk will be held Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 8 a.m. in downtown Redlands.  To learn more log onto www.BelieveIE.org

About Inland Women Fighting Cancer
Cancer survivors, Annie Sellas, Cathy Stockton, and Nancy Varner envisioned doing something to raise awareness about cancer.  During treatments that they each had, they supported each other. To extend that support to a larger group, especially local women facing the same problem, Inland Women Fighting Cancer, a coalition of friends, fellow survivors and supporters was formed.   

About Stater Bros. Charities
Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work. Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children-in-need, education for both youth and adults, services for the elderly and care for our Nation's Veterans.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. For more information, log onto www.staterbros.com.

Contact:
Sarah Cain
Executive Director
Stater Bros. Charities
909-733-5495
sarah.cain@staterbros.com

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