Toronto events help in fight against cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of death here in the Upper Ohio Valley.

Organizations plan events to raise money for cancer research and prevention throughout the year.

One such event, the annual Campbell-Dickinson Bike, Walk and Run on Saturday, raised more than $25,000 for the Tony Teramana Cancer Center’s Emergency Assistance Relief Fund.

The St. Baldrick’s head shaving brought in $8,752 during the event Saturday benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research.

More than 1,200 people from the area participated in the bike and run and walk to raise money for the Tony Teramana Cancer Center’s Emergency Assistance Relief Fund. The event is the largest fundraiser for the center’s emergency assistance relief fund.

The emergency assistance relief program provides transportation assistance, nutritional supplements, medicine and equipment for cancer patients.

The fund has benefited 1,600 patients in the past four years, raising $180,000 that goes directly to patients. The Campbell-Dickinson race has provided $50,000 in money for the program since it began.

Cancer is a devastating disease, physically and financially.

Many people see their savings drained once diagnosed. Having the emergency assistance relief fund available at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center is a big help for those in dire financial shape. Having the money there to help cancer patients buy items that improves their quality of life is a blessing.

The organizers of the Campbell-Dickinson Bike, Walk and Run should be commended for making the event such a success. They plan for months to make sure everything goes well. Race organizers were overwhelmed by the runners and walkers who showed up Saturday to participate. The organizers had to scramble to get extra computers in place to register the race and walk participants. That was a good thing to be overwhelmed when it comes to raising money for such a worthy cause.

The St. Baldrick’s head shaving organizers had no trouble in getting volunteers to have their hair buzzed off in front of hundreds of onlookers. The volunteers gathered pledges to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation funded $24 million in grants childhood cancer research last year. The foundation has provided $13.5 million in grants since 2005.

One way to fight cancer in our area is by participating in fundraising efforts to find a cure and help those afflicted.

Participation Saturday at the Campbell-Dickinson race was great and it will no doubt keep getting bigger.