Murrieta Hilltop Festival 2019 to benefit firefighter battling cancer

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Murrieta firefighter Dean Hale will be the beneficiary of the first Murrieta Hilltop Festival, a live concert event at Murrieta’s Heritage Hill Saturday, Sept. 7. Courtesy photo
Murrieta firefighter Dean Hale has seen his share of battles with fires. Over the past eight years, he has been battling something much more dangerous to himself and his family: cancer. “I was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008, following an annual physical,” Hale wrote in a statement on a GoFundMe page organized by the Murrieta Firefighters Association. “Soon after, a test revealed it to be Stage 4, nonsmall cell lung cancer.” After months of treatment and long drives to and from Santa Monica, Hale was told he was cancer-free, but it was not for long. Nine months later, he found out the cancer had returned to his neck and brain. Again, after half a year of treatment, he beat it. Then, in 2018, he found out he was suffering from edema in his brain due to al
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