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Local dads raising awareness of breast cancer on limo trip to Super Bowl

  • From left, Jack Tolin, Dan Tregaskis, Roger Sprinkle and John Dubkoff will embark on a cross country trip to raise money for breast cancer as they head to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The group of men will travel in Dubkoff's limo, which they are seated in. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

Four decked-out dudes in a flashy limo departed Sonoma County on Sunday, oozing with resolve to join the human wave that will engulf New Orleans a week hence for the 47th Super Bowl.

But not one of the guys holds a ticket to the big Niners-Ravens game. And not one intends to try to buy one.

So, do they plan to sneak into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? Perish the thought.

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"We're not doing this to go to the game," declared the foursome's Dan Tregaskis, a 54-year-old truck driver living in Windsor.

A devout 49ers fan, Tregaskis understands that folks may find it hard to comprehend why he and his pals would set aside nearly two weeks and drive almost 5,000 miles on a round-trip that will place them in New Orleans for Super Bowl Sunday -- and not go to the game.

The short answer is that all of the men are fathers of young women they hope will never be menaced by breast cancer. Three of the four guys bonded as they schlepped their daughters to countless school field trips and Girl Scout outings back when the girls -- now women of 28 -- attended St. Eugene's Cathedral School and the former Ursuline High.

Tregaskis and his buds said none of them has to think very long to summon to mind the women they know who have grappled with the dreaded diagnosis.

Jack Tolin recalls that soon after the four of them brainstormed the possibilities for a serious 2013 road trip, the thought occurred, "If we're going to put in all that time and effort, why not benefit somebody?"

They quickly agreed to use a cross-country adventure as a vehicle to raise money to counter breast cancer. It fell to the 66-year-old Tolin, a Santa Rosa oral surgeon, to research a worthy organization to receive the money.

He became impressed by the efficiency and mission of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which combats the disease through education and provides free mammograms to women in need.


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