Believe it or not, spring is going to arrive soon - fingers crossed - so it's not too early to be thinking about warmer weather, outdoor activities.
For the many with spring fever, the fourth-annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Run/Walk is quickly approaching. Slated for March 15 and sponsored by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, the fundraiser once again will benefit the Trinity Foundation's Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund, according to organizers.
The event, which this year includes a run, walk and biking event , is named for cancer survivor Jenny Russlee Dickinson, a teacher in Toronto, and the late attorney William "Pat" Campbell, both of whom received treatment at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in Trinity Health System in Steubenville.
Gem City resident George Komar is the race organizer and coalition president, and, as always, we thank him and his assistants who have found an exciting event that's popular with area residents and has raised an extraordinary amount of money in just a couple of years for the Trinity T.E.A.R. Foundation. In fact, the Campbell-Dickinson event has raised more than $50,000 for the Trinity T.E.A.R. Foundation, which helps cancer patients with living and other expenses associated with treatments for the disease, including transportation costs, insurance and insurance co-payments, medical supplies, modest utility and mortgage assistance and even wigs or prosthetics.
Komar said he's hoping for 1,000 participants at this year's event. The bike fun ride leaves TEMS Joint Ambulance District Headquarters on South Fourth Street at 10:30 a.m., while the kids' 1-mile fun walk begins at noon. The 5K walk/run begins at 12:45 p.m., while the awards ceremony will be at 1:45 p.m. at the TEMS headquarters.
Other activities then will include an auction, drawings and a Chinese auction. Trophies and other awards will be given to those in the competitive events according to age and sex, Komar added.
Also tied to the event again this year will be the St. Baldrick's Day shave-off, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at TEMS. Those involved solicit sponsors to have their heads shaved, and funds generated go toward the children's cancer prevention advocacy organization. Longer hair shaved will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Same-day registration at TEMS begins at 9 a.m., but for those eager to participate, you can save some money by registering early. For children ages 1-7 it's $7 to register by March 2. They also receive a free T-shirt. After March 2 registration increases to $10. Those ages 11-18 can registration for $10 by March 2 and $13 after that date. For adults ages 19 and older, registration is $15 before March 2 and $18 after. Those registering for the walk/run also are eligible for timing chips, and the results will be posted on a website.
Pre-registration forms are available for download at www.getmeregistered.com for a $2 cost; or at www.thegemcity.org; and paper forms are available at the Toronto post office; Fourth Street Toronto Kwik King; Riesbeck's grocery store in Toronto; the Toronto YMCA; the Steubenville YMCA; the Teramana Cancer Center; and the Historic Fort Steuben.
Checks are payable to the TCFR Cancer Relief Fund and should be mailed with an entry form to TCFR, P.O. Box 121, Toronto, OH 43964.
It's important to note that this year's events are dedicated to local youngster Noah Long, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.
It's certainly not too early to be thinking about spring and activities, and there's never a bad time to help out area charities, so plan to take part in this year's Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Run/Walk/Bike event and the St. Baldrick's Day shave-off.