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Run, walk helps Gem City shine

March 28, 2012
The Herald-Star

Hundreds and hundreds of people recently converged on the Gem City, and the end result was thousands of dollars raised to assist worthy charities.

The second-annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Run/Walk was held in Toronto on March 17. Sponsored by the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, approximately $27,000 for raised for Trinity Foundation's Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund. A separate event held at the same time, St. Baldrick's Day, raised about $4,500 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting children stricken with cancer.

Named for cancer survivor Jenny Russlee Dickinson, a teacher in Toronto, and the late attorney William "Pat" Campbell, the Toronto race also was dedicated to 5-year-old Conner Sacripanti, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.

The race/walk involved hundreds of walkers and runners of all ages, which is a testament to the many volunteers with the coalition who worked hard to promote and organize the event. In all, there were 810 walkers and runners who registered for the races, according to George Komar, race organizer and coalition president. We think that's impressive for such a young event. And just as impressive was that fact that many participants came from Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Wheeling among other cities and communities.

Whether cancer survivors strongly showing their support for others who could not walk or run in the race, or taking part in memory of someone who lost the battle to cancer, there was a strong contingent on hand that day in Toronto, to say the least. One team had 85 members, while another from Edison High School attracted 56 members. We applaud them all.

And let's not forget the many volunteers who happily had their heads shaved for the children's cancer assistance foundation.

These events showcased Toronto in a positive light by bringing hundreds of people to the city, showing them the spirit of Toronto as well as assisting those who have fought the brave battle against the all-too-common disease here in the Ohio Valley.

We commend the coalition for taking the time to organize this worthy event, as well as all who participated.

We hope to see even more participants in next year's race.

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