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Debbie’s Dream Foundation
COPLEY — Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) has announced its first Run for Debbie’s Dream 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run to increase awareness of the rising rate of stomach cancer in young adults and the need to increase funding to combat stomach cancer. The event will be June 7 at the St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road. The day will begin with a children’s fun run at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K run at 8 a.m. Participants in the fun run will receive a medal. Awards will be given to the top three overall and top three in each age group. Register by June 1 for a $20 donation. Registration for the children’s run is free. There will be a post-race party and awards ceremony, with brats, hotdogs, pizza and beer. All 5K runners and walkers preregistered by June 1 will receive a race T-shirt. For race registration, volunteering and sponsorship information, visit www.debbiesdream.org/portal/ohio-5k. Ohio Chapter co-founder Angela Bosela, of Copley, was diagnosed with an aggressive, fast-growing stomach cancer at the age of 55. After a 70 percent gastrectomy and four cycles of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she has been cancer free for more than seven years, according to organizers. Following her recovery, she has become a runner. Angela and her husband, Paul Bosela, serve as mentors to stomach cancer patients with the DDF Patient Resource Education Program. The Boselas, along with their daughter, Sheila Gambaccini, founded the Ohio Chapter. Angela’s survivor story can be found on the DDF website at www.debbiesdream.org/portal/angela-bosela.
American Association of Zookeepers
INDEPENDENCE — Three out of five species of rhinoceros are critically endangered, including the species seen at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the eastern black rhino, according to zoo officials. Due to habitat loss and poaching, several rhino species are on the verge of extinction. The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers will present the 24th Annual Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser June 14 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Cloverleaf Lanes. Registration is $20 in advance or $40 at the door, subject to availability. Donations are tax deductible and include three games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, pop and snacks. There also will be a silent auction, raffles, entertainment and trivia. All Bowling for Rhinos donations will go directly to rhino sanctuaries in Kenya, Java and Sumatra, according to zoo officials. Registration forms are available online at www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or in the Zoo’s Administration Building. For more information, call 216-661-6500, ext. 4452.
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