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4/24/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Fundraisers planned to support brain cancer research

SPRINGFIELD/HUDSON — A fundraiser to support research on glioblastoma and other brain tumors will take place today, April 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Stationhouse 319, located at 1575 Massillon Road.

According to event organizers, 50 percent of the proceeds from meal purchases will be donated to Blast Glioblastoma. The event also will offer themed baskets and a 50/50 raffle to raise funds for the organization.

Blast Glioblastoma is a nonprofit organization created in 2013 by Dr. Joseph Blanda, an orthopedic surgeon, and his wife, Dr. Michelle Blanda, a physician in emergency medicine, in response to a request from their son, Joe Blanda, a senior at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. Joe was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme during a routine CT scan he received after getting a concussion playing soccer in October 2012, according to his father.

The Blandas said they were further motivated to proceed with the initiative when, within one year of their son’s diagnosis, glioma tumors affected the families of four other physicians that they work with.

The public also is invited to participate in a 5K run, fun walk and wellness expo May 4 at Western Reserve Academy, 115 College St. in Hudson. The run will start at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. Runners can participate in a noncompetitive 5K run on the cross country course or use the padded track. Walkers will be able to enjoy a course through the campus.

The cost of the run is $30 per person; the cost of the walk is $30 per person or $50 for a family.

Registration and payment for the walk/run is available at www.blastgbm.com.

A golf outing and other fundraising events are also planned for later this year, according to Joseph Blanda.

He said the foundation hopes to raise $300,000 for research toward new treatments on brain tumors through these events.

Blood drive honors New Franklin girl

Mia Wilson
Photo courtesy of Ralph Jones/Captured Memories
COPLEY — The American Red Cross and The HUB Community Center will host a blood drive in honor of Mia Wilson May 5 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The HUB Community Center, 1234 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

According to organizers, Mia spent the first 11-1/2 months of her life in the hospital with a rare congenital heart defect. During that time, she received more than 40 units of blood and is alive today due in large part to people who donate blood, according to organizers. Mia still has many obstacles, but she just celebrated her third birthday, when she was only given a 10 percent chance of surviving, according to organizers.

All who come to donate during the blood drive will be entered to win a gift basket and will receive a coupon for a free Bruegger’s bagel. Babysitting services will be provided during the donation time.

The family is requesting that donors bring pop tabs to help support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Ronald McDonald House was Mia’s home for 331 nights.

Appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and find the blood drive by date and ZIP code 44321, or call 800-448-3543.

To learn more about Mia, visit www.MiasBigHeart.com.

Green, Cleveland Restoration Society partner for Heritage Home Program

GREEN — The city of Green has partnered with the Cleveland Restoration Society’s (CRS) Heritage Home Program to offer free technical advice and low-interest loans to homeowners in Green looking to make renovations and repairs to older homes.

The city is one of only three cities in Summit County to offer this program to its residents, according to city officials.

City officials and the Green Historical Society will present information on the program April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

The program offers free technical assistance and advice to homeowners interested in making improvements to homes that are more than 40 years old, according to city officials. An employee of the CRS will evaluate any home that qualifies and offer suggestions on what kind of repairs should be made.

“While Green has a limited number of truly historic homes, in terms of architecture and age, our housing stock is beginning to age,” said Sarah Haring, community development administrator with the city. “Surprisingly, more than 40 percent of homes in Green [are] older than 40.”

In addition to the evaluations offered free of charge, the Heritage Home Program also offers low-interest loans through KeyBank. The interest rate on these loans is a fixed rate of 2 percent for up to 10 years, according to city officials. Loans are available for interior and exterior repairs, maintenance, additions and modernizations, according to city officials.

For more information about Green’s Heritage Home Program and the criteria, visit www.cityofgreen.org/residential-housing–assistance or call 330-896-6614.

To learn more about CRS, visit www.clevelandrestoration.org.

Foodbank shares report of food insecurity in Summit County

GREATER AKRON — The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank shared a new study by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, that found 85,570 people in Summit County, including 27,640 children, or 22.4 percent of the population, are food insecure — meaning they don’t always have access to safe and nutritious food.

In all, 15.8 percent of the population in Summit County will face hunger this year, according to the research released April 22.

According to Foodbank officials, the findings are from Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, which estimates the rate of food insecurity for both the general population and separately for children under the age of 18. Locally, Summit County is served by the Foodbank, which is part of the Feeding America network.

“Hunger is a reality for every community in every county of our nation, including our own,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “In order to address the problem of hunger, we must first understand it. This new data will allow policymakers, community leaders and individuals involved in hunger relief to develop integrated strategies to fight hunger on a community by community level.”

According to Foodbank officials, Map the Meal Gap provides the following data for Summit County in an interactive map format (http://bit.ly/1f2XPRq):

  • the percentage of the Summit County population who is food insecure;
  • the percentage of the food insecure population in Summit County who qualify based on income for the SNAP (foods stamps) and other federal nutrition programs;
  • the percentage of the food insecure population in Summit County who do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on charitable food assistance programs and who also need better wages and employment opportunities to help them meet their basic needs; and
  • the average price per meal in Summit County based on new research by The Nielsen Co.

According to Foodbank officials, this is the fourth year Feeding America has conducted the Map the Meal Gap study. The findings of Map the Meal Gap are based on statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and food price data and analysis were provided by Nielsen, a global information and measurement company providing insights into what consumers watch and buy. The study was supported by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Nielsen and The ConAgra Foods Foundation, according to Foodbank officials.

Akron Bar Association plans Law Day events

AKRON — On April 30, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Marilyn Shea-Stonum will receive the Akron Bar Association’s (ABA) Liberty Bell Award at its annual Law Day Luncheon, taking place at 11:30 a.m. at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St. in Downtown Akron.

The Liberty Bell Award recognizes a lawyer or judge who has promoted a better understanding of the rule of law, encouraged a greater respect for law and the courts, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility and contributed to good government in the community.

In addition, the ABA will present The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank with the 2014 Public Service Award.

Also recognized will be: new 50-year ABA members Neil Greene, Donald Jenkins, James Rozmajzl, Bruce Wilson, Henry Young and William Zavarello; 60-year members G. Jerry Casalinova, George Manos, Stan Schneiderman and Harry Schwab; and 65-year member Robert Maher.

This year’s Law Day theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”

Additional events will include:

  • Street Law Student Summit, April 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quaker Square Inn, 120 E. Mill St. in Downtown Akron, with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) delivering the keynote address [for more information on this event, see the related Education News & Notes item on Page 9];
  • Legal Advice Clinic, May 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Job Center, 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave. in North Akron, providing confidential consulting;
  • Sir Thomas More Award presentation at the Red Mass, May 2, noon, St. Bernard Church in Downtown Akron — The Sir Thomas More Award will be presented to Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio;
  • Race Judicata, May 2, 5:30 p.m., Towpath Trail at Lock 3 in Downtown Akron — 5K race or 1-mile fun walk, with proceeds to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank;
  • Jammin’ for Justice Concert, May 2, 6 to 10 p.m., Musica, 51 E. Market St. in Downtown Akron, with proceeds to benefit The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Tickets are $15 at the door.

More information for all of these events is available at www.akronbar.org or by calling 330-253-5007.

Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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