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Meoli helps those facing breast cancer 'fight like a girl'

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"Fight like a girl" was Emily Meoli's motto when she battled breast cancer more than four years ago, and so it's appropriate that that's the name given to a fundraiser supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Komen is a grassroots organization of survivors and activists supporting research to eliminate breast cancer and ensure quality care for cancer patients.

The third annual Fight Like a Girl vendor and craft fair will be held at Babcock Presbyterian Church, 8240 Loch Raven Blvd., on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature food, T-shirts for sale, kids crafts, ticket raffles and door prizes.

There will be more than 30 vendors and crafters on hand, including Pink Ribbon Gifts, Bead Mama Designs, Broken Heart Art, Tastefully Simple, Polka Dotted Zebra, Hats Just Hats, hair extensions provided by Headlines Inc. and more.

The community is invited to participate in this worthwhile fundraiser.

Meoli, a four-year breast cancer survivor, first organized the Fight Like a Girl event in 2008 to raise money for Komen's Maryland chapter.

"I wanted something positive to come out of my breast cancer," she said. "Komen for the Cure, Maryland, was so helpful to me when I was going through my diagnosis and chemo treatments, so I wanted to pay it forward."

Last year's event was a huge success — and was the 16th highest fundraiser for the Komen for the Cure Maryland's race in Hunt Valley. Meoli's goal this year is to be in the top 15.

Meoli's daughter, Victoria, and her Girl Scout Troop 4135 have supported Komen for the Cure since 2007, when the troop participated in the Komen for the Cure walk.

The troop has also helped with the craft and vendor fair. Victoria and a friend created a "Tree of Hope," honoring those battling breast cancer and those who lost the battle.

Persons attending the fair can write the name of a loved one battling cancer on a green leaf and hang on the six foot hand painted tree; gold leaves were used for names of those who lost the battle. Meoli said

"It is very moving. ... My daughter was 11 when I was diagnosed, and 12 when she created this tree to honor my battle," Meoli said.

"Breast cancer affects the entire family when there's a diagnosis," she said. "It's nice to sometimes see something good come out of the struggle."

For more information on this year's Fight Like a Girl event, contact Meoli at 443-676-9036.

Loch Raven area residents who are horse lovers may want to attend The Day of the Horse on Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Graham Equestrian Center, 10301 Harford Road in Glen Arm. The event is sponsored by the Graham Equestrian Center Inc. a nonprofit benefiting Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per car. Ginny Branden, organizer of the event, says the Day of the Horse will feature beautiful horses of many breeds, demonstrations, educational sessions, crafts and hay rides for children, food, vendors, raffles and a silent auction.

Those who miss the event, but who would like to learn more about the equestrian center, may go to http://www.grahameq.org or call 410-663-4445 for more information.

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