Mother continues to fight for cure to disease that took her son

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Heidi Blankenship-Turner poses for a photo with her son, Jeff, who died from epithelioid sarcoma in 2015. She recently began a fundraiser to help raise money for a foundation supporting research and a cure for the rare cancer. Village News/Courtesy photo
It has been a little less than five years since the 2011 Fallbrook High School graduate Jeff Turner died with a rare disease at the age of 22. But his mother, Heidi Blankenship-Turner, is committed to the fight for a cure for epithelioid sarcoma, the cancer that took her son away from her in 2015. Blankenship-Turner launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds in July, which was Sarcoma Awareness Month and also the birth month of her son. “(In July) I finally felt strong enough emotionally to dedicate a daily posting on social media about sarcoma awareness and our Jeffrey,” she said. “I have a friend that was diagnosed recently with a sarcoma, and she will be completing her final chemotherapy next week. I wanted to let more people be aware of this cancer and ask for donations so tha
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