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Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:25

Safe from the Sun walk raising melanoma awareness
The first annual Walkathon for Melanoma will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd., Oregon.

Organizers for the walkathon, Cindy Pickett, of Elmore, and Eleanor Riffle, of Millbury, are dedicating the event in honor of Pickett’s son, Micah, a 2000 graduate of Lake High School, who was diagnosed with melanoma in 2005. “Though Micah is doing well, we wanted to increase awareness about melanoma and to raise funds for the Melanoma International Fund,” said Riffle, who is Micah’s mother-in-law.

Registration for the 5K, three-mile walk is $20 per person, which includes a t-shirt. Participants will get a goodie bag containing sunscreens and information about skin cancer.

Take care, be aware of school buses, kids
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Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:24

Take care, be aware of school buses, kids

With most of the state’s more than two million school-aged children back in school this time of year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants motorists to Take Care, Be Aware of the buses and children returning to the state’s roadways – especially during morning rush hour.

ODOT’s analysis of statewide traffic data shows that 1,828 crashes on Ohio roadways last year involved school buses, including nine fatalities.

In addition to school buses returning to the roads, more parents will be back in route to schools. In Ohio, it’s estimated that only half of school-aged children ride a bus to school, but a growing number of students are often driven to school in a private vehicle.

Breaking the silence about ovarian cancer
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Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:22

The Northwest Ohio-Southeast Michigan Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition will hold its 5th annual “Break the Silence” walk to benefit ovarian cancer awareness and research Sept. 19 in Toledo.

One of a number of walks taking place to help in an ongoing national awareness campaign, the Toledo walk will be held at the University of Toledo Medical Center Health Sciences Campus, 3000 Arlington Ave. Participants are encouraged to provide additional support through pledges.

Check-in and open registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies and a group survivor photo. The walk will begin at 10 a.m.

The event will also include a survivor tent, a health fair, food, beverages and entertainment. Additionally, gift baskets will be raffled and awards will be presented to the top three individuals and the top teams that raise the most money in pledges and donations.

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