West Side Cause for Celebration
Pushups for Charity
WEST AKRON — Pushups for Charity, a nationwide fundraiser that supports the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide veterans with assistance when they return home from active duty, will take place on Armed Services Day, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at RPFitness, 1653 Merriman Road, Suite 300. Pushups for Charity is a 90-second push-up challenge. The 2013 goal is to raise $5,000, and all money raised through the event will go toward offering assistance to military personnel, past and present, who were either physically or emotionally wounded in service, according to event organizers. The event is open to the public, and all ages are welcome. The morning schedule includes registration from 8 to 8:30 a.m.; welcome and opening ceremonies from 8:30 to 8:45; dividing into groups and push-up counting from 8:45 to 9; a master class from 9 to 11; and raffle items, prizes and winners announced from 11:30 to noon. RPFitness is looking for help to make the event a success. Ways to help include recruiting family and friends, making a tax-deductible donation to the cause, participating in the push-up competition and master class, spreading the word by sharing the fitness center’s Facebook posts and purchasing a T-shirt for $20. To make a donation or register for the challenge, visit the front desk at RPFitness or go to the website www.rpfit.com/pushups-for-charity-2013. Contact Kim Read at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
WALLHAVEN — The Northern Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will present its Akron Great Strides 10K walk May 19 at 2 p.m. at Hardesty Park. Registration will begin at 1 p.m., and prewalk activities will take place until 2 p.m. The route includes West Akron neighborhoods and the grounds of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. In 2012, nearly $40 million was raised during Great Strides to help support life-saving research, quality care and education programs, according to the foundation. The local chapter is looking for individuals and companies to form teams of family members, friends, coworkers or neighbors for this year’s walk. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and which also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. To get involved in Great Strides or for more information, call 216-475-2873, email northernOH@cff.org or visit greatstrides.cff.org.
Cleveland Affiliate, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
CLEVELAND — On June 1, more than 2,000 people will participate in a timed 5K run and 1.5-mile family fun walk to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer at the 12th Annual PurpleStride Cleveland. All those who would like to participate are invited to attend the event, which will take place in Downtown Cleveland at Voinovich Park, 800 E. Ninth St. Participants have their choice of walking a family-friendly, 1.5-mile course or running a timed 5K through Downtown Cleveland. Participants can enjoy music, food, children’s activities, the ShopPurple store and awards. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Registration also is available at www.purplestride.org/cleveland. PurpleStride Cleveland will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
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