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5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit County ADM Board

COVENTRY — On May 17, area runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in the second annual Subway Series 5K challenge course to support the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADM) Services Board. The ADM Recovery Challenge 5K involves running/walking, climbing, crawling, balancing and maneuvering through the trees, fields and grounds of the IBH Addiction Recovery Center, 3445 S. Main St. The event is $30 per person for ages 12 and older and $20 for participants ages 5-11. Proceeds will benefit the Summit County ADM Support Committee Inc. in its future levy campaign activities on behalf of the ADM Board. The race will begin at 9 a.m., with online registration at runsignup.com/admrecoverychallenge2014. Additional information for the ADM Recovery Challenge can be found at the ADM Recovery Challenge Facebook page.

Life Is Good No Matter What

CANTON — Life Is Good No Matter What’s second annual Paintball Outing fundraiser will take place May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Intense Paintball, 3000 Atlantic Blvd. N.E. Proceeds will benefit the not-for-profit organization founded with the mission to give adults with advanced cancer a cherished experience, according to event officials. The cost to participate is $50, and contributions are tax deductible. For more information and to register, visit www.lifeisgoodnomatterwhat.org or call Harold Johnson at 330-388-0304.

Arthritis Foundation

SANDUSKY — The Arthritis Foundation and Cedar Point will partner this year on three ticket promotions to raise funds to support children and adults who live daily with arthritis pain. For the first promotion, Cedar Point is offering preseason tickets for $41 each, a discount of $18.99 off the gate entry price, and $3 of every ticket sold will benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s signature Walk to Cure Arthritis. Tickets can be purchased now through May 31 online at www.cedarpoint.com/affiliates. At the prompts, enter “arthritis” (all lowercase) as the username and 2014 as the password. The special ticket pricing will show up under the “special events” tab on the page. Tickets are valid any day at Cedar Point now through June 15. For questions about the ticket promotion, call 614-876-8200 or email mmaehler@arthritis.org. To learn more about the Walk to Cure Arthritis, visit www.arthritis.org/programs-events/arthritis-walk. Details regarding the second Cedar Point ticket promotion that starts June 1 and the third beginning in August will be released later.

Amanda Blazis

BARBERTON — An event will take place May 25 from 1 to 9 p.m. at The Corner Café, 659 W. Tuscarawas Ave., to support Amanda Blazis, a 35-year-old mother of four who currently works as a server at Angie’s Italian Restaurant. She is studying nursing at Stark State College with a goal to work in the hospice field. Blazis was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer last year and had a double mastectomy, a lymph node dissection and reconstructive surgery. According to event organizers, her surgery last year pushed her family into poverty, and although she is in remission for breast cancer, she has been hospitalized for a breast infection. Blazis needs another surgery, which she cannot afford, according to event organizers. Members of the community and her work associates are hosting this event to raise money for her surgery and the time off work needed for recovery. There will be live entertainment, raffle baskets and T-shirts for sale. Admission is $5. According to organizers, all the money will benefit Blazis and her family with medical bills and expenses. Blazis also is working to pass a bill called “Janine’s Bill,” which would help working families in Ohio who are forced into poverty due to a sudden illness or trauma.

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