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West Side Cause for Celebration

10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation

FAIRLAWN — The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn will host the Spin for Life event Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a cocktail reception presented by Beau’s Restaurant immediately following. The Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that endows an outreach program to ease the financial burdens that confront cancer patients and their families. To date, nearly 300 riders have registered for the event. The Hilton Akron/Fairlawn ballroom will be filled with 50 spin bikes and a smoothie station presented by Mustard Seed Market. Trainer and motivator Jackie Banyan, of Jackie’s Gym, will lead six one-hour sessions as each participant spins to raise money for cancer patients and their families. While participants spin in the main ballroom, local companies Yoga Bliss and Tru Barre Pose will host yoga and barre classes. All levels are welcome. A select group of intermediate riders can take part in an 18-mile bonus road ride with professional cyclist Ken Hanson Nov. 1. Call 330-835-5985 or email monica@stephencomunale.org about the special “Ride With Ken” or for sponsorship information or registration.


Akron Children’s Hospital

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Families, individuals and game groups will help children treated at Akron Children’s Hospital Nov. 2 during Extra Life, a 25-hour gaming fundraiser supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. During Extra Life, participants will raise money for Akron Children’s by asking their friends and family to support their “game day” by making a donation to the hospital. Individuals can participate by playing video, board or lawn games. According to hospital officials, all funds raised will stay in the community to benefit the more than 700,000 children treated by Akron Children’s each year. Originally designated as a 24-hour marathon, Extra Life will take place at the end of Daylight Savings Time this year, allowing for 25 hours of game play. Although the Extra Life program is billed as a gaming marathon, Akron Children’s encourages gamers to take breaks throughout the day and to implement all applicable safety measures. Players can choose to game for a portion of 25 hours on Nov. 2, spread out their hours over several days or play as a relay among team members. Participants can sign up online at www.extra-life.org. Registration is free. To learn more about Extra Life, visit the website, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/extralife4kids or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/extralife4kids. Extra Life was created by Jeromy “Doc” Adams in 2008 to honor the late Tori Enmon, a 15-year-old Children’s Miracle Network Hospital patient who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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