LA MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL – When students return to school on Monday, they’ll notice something odd if physical education class takes them outside.
The athletic field will have a large, circular path outlined in the grass.
For 24 hours from Saturday into Sunday, the field was transformed into a ceremonial space of sorts – tent camps, luminaries dedicated to cancer victims and large teams of friends and family of the departed walking and remembering. Survivors walked too.
Just a few years ago, Paul Mossuto, a county probation officer, was here walking for others.
This year, his family, friends and colleagues – including his young daughter – were here in memory of his life, cut short by melanoma.
The event was in parts somber and celebratory as day turned to night and back to day while walkers continued. Survivors of cancer walked hand in hand with family and friends of the deceased.
A breakfast at dawn signaled an end of the annual event was at near.
All hoped, too, that cancer’s end would be near too.