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IMAGE: Casey Strale continues to inspire ACC cancer research. view more 

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — April 17, 2018 — The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, today received about $11,400 in support of its work on Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma (ACC), thanks to the fundraising efforts of an Orange County organization dedicated to the memory of a 16-year-old boy who succumbed to this extremely rare cancer.

The Casey Strale Foundation, formed in memory of a boy with an outsized love of hockey and other sports, has now raised more than $150,000 for TGen ACC research, following its “Tasting it Forward” benefit April 8 at Orange Coast Winery.

“Casey was all about passion and inspiration,” said his mother, Traci Strale, recalling her teenager’s 4-year battle to overcome his disease, including open-heart surgery and the rescission of a grapefruit-sized tumor from his abdomen.

“He did not want to be the kid with cancer, he just wanted to be a normal kid and not dwell on his illness,” she said of Casey, who overcame many physical obstacles to move from roller hockey, to competing in national tournaments, to ice hockey and teaching younger

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