Members and friends of the Akron Blind Center are dedicating this year’s “White Cane Walk” to the late and amazing Phyllis Cottle. It’s on Sept. 21 at Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St., Akron.
Phyllis was 73 when she lost her battle with cancer Jan. 25, but she never lost her joy for living in spite of the unimaginable act of violence that almost took her life. She was the victim of a brutal 1984 attack in which she was raped, robbed, blinded with a knife and left to die in her burning car. Samuel J. Herring, convicted in that crime, was a few weeks out of prison on parole at the time.
Phyllis often remarked about what a positive difference the Akron Blind Center made in her life.
The center celebrated her earlier this year by naming its annual college scholarship for a visually impaired high school senior the Phyllis Cottle Memorial Scholarship.
This year’s walk will incorporate several stops to allow blindfolded participants to perform simple tasks that visually impaired persons do on a daily basis. It’s always an eye-opening experience for sighted walkers to navigate the same course in the same manner as a blind or visually impaired person, said Lucy Dobbins, a longtime friend of Phyllis Cottle and a volunteer at the center.
Lots of fun activities are planned: drawings, an auction and other giveaways, local bands, a picnic luncheon and more. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., followed by a welcome from T.K. O’Grady of 97.5 FM, host of the afternoon drive show and assistant program director of the Rubber City Radio Group. The walk begins at 10:30.
Donations are encouraged. Please mail them to Akron Blind Center, 325 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44304.
So, if you admired Phyllis Cottle and the way she lived her life in spite of extraordinary trials, please come and lend your support.
Lions Club to sell mums
Members of the Cuyahoga Falls Lions Club will be selling mums at the corner of Munroe Falls Avenue and Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21.
All proceeds go to support the visually impaired and the club’s charitable causes, including its Pilot Dogs program and the Greater Akron Lion Eyecare Program.
The mums are being provided by Battaglia’s T&B Garden Center in Kent. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biking for charity
In an effort to provide more funding for the homeless folks served by Akron’s Haven of Rest Ministries, five men ages 67 and older are embarking on a 150-mile bike excursion, Seniors Riding with a Mission, Wednesday through Friday.
The five are due to be welcomed back at 2 p.m. Friday at Haven of Rest, 175 E. Market St. Those riding for the cause, seeking per-mile pledges of a minimum of 50 cents, are:
• Don Hutchison, a retired maintenance manager with AT&T, who resides in Coventry Township.
• Jack Ford, a retired machine maintenance manager with Firestone, who resides in New Franklin.
• Bob Young, owner of Main Paint & Body Inc. of Akron, who resides in Coventry Township.
• Paul Wright, semi-retired chef with Papa Joe’s restaurant, who resides in Barberton.
• The Rev. Ben Walker, retired executive director of Haven of Rest Ministries, who resides in Canal Fulton.
For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.havenofrest.org/event and click on “Seniors Riding with a Mission” or call 330-535-1563.
Judi Loomis of New Franklin is trying to get the word out on the upcoming Walk to Defeat ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at downtown Akron’s Lock 3. Registration is 8:30 a.m.
Loomis is asking readers to consider joining Team Gretchen, which honors her daughter who is waging war with ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease — the devastating illness attacks the muscles that control walking, talking, swallowing and eventually breathing.
All proceeds go to the Northern Ohio chapter of ALS Association for research and aid to local families.
Walk for Children’s
The seventh annual Walk for Babies, a benefit for Akron Children’s Hospital, will step off 9 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Akron Zoo.
The family-friendly, one-mile walk — designed to wind through various exhibits — will feature raffles, lots of give-aways for children and lunch. All proceeds are designated for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The event has raised more than $400,000 for NICU equipment.
It was created by Sam Snellenberger and his wife, Shelby, as a show of gratitude for the high standard of care given to their daughter Amelia, who spent the first 26 weeks of her life in the hospital’s NICU. The Snellenbergers’ goal is to raise $1 million.
Register for the walk or make a donation at www.walk4babies.com.
Jacqueline Roth is happy about her good fortune and wants the world to know it.
“After paying a contractor on Tuesday, Sept. 3, I placed my wallet on the back of my car in the garage,” she wrote. “By the time I finished my outdoor chores, I had completely forgotten about the mislaid wallet. Later, I jumped in the car and drove off oblivious to anything out of the ordinary …
“Upon returning home, I found a message on my answering machine from the Bath Police Department inviting me to stop by and pick up my errant possession. At the station, the dispatcher handed the wallet to me with all credit cards and cash intact. A trash-hauling team from Rumpke had spotted it at the side of the road and dropped it off at the station.”
“You could interpret this story as evidence that the old adage, ‘God takes care of fools and children,’ is true,” she continued. “Perhaps so. I consider it also a testament to the integrity and good character of Rumpke’s John C. and countless others like him who are not just good workers but also good neighbors.”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.