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Fundraiser Announced for Morongo Fire Chief; Veteran Firefighter Diagnosed With ALS
Date:10/9/2007

BANNING, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Friends of Morongo fire chief Phil Kelleher are burning up the phone lines and Internet to help raise funds for him and his family. Widely known and respected in the community, Kelleher was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy. Although the cause of ALS is not completely understood, the last decade has brought a wealth of new scientific understanding about the disease that provides hope for the future.

In a joint effort, Morongo battalion chief Tim Beadle, fire captain Chris Barden, staff assistant Deb Mathews and former colleagues at Riverside Community College Holly Bow and Christy Pollard along with local firefighters and friends, have organized a fundraiser motorcycle ride and barbecue lunch for Saturday, October 21st.

Registration for the ride will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Ben Clark Regional Training Center, 3423 Davis Avenue in Riverside. The ride will set out at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at the old Morongo casino parking lot on the east side of the building at 49750 Seminole Drive. Friends and non-riders can join the barbecue that starts at 11:30 a.m.

There will be free t-shirts for all riders and t-shirts can also be purchased for $10 each.

Anyone interested in participating can go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fightforphil/.

Tickets for the motorcycle ride are $50 per person and $10 for passenger riders. Luncheon tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

There will be raffle tickets for prizes including 10 spa weekend getaways at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa which provide a night at the resort and spa treatments for two; a $100 gaming certificate for casino play; a signed Frankie Valli frame
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