Members of Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational, are hoping that more folks than ever attend that city’s Fourth of July parade. For reasons of patriotism, yes, but also to help the church in its campaign to feed the hungry.
For the second year, the church’s Shopping Cart Brigade will collect nonperishable food items as they march along the parade route. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Spring Grove and ends at Washington.
“Summer can be a worrisome time for parents who depend on school lunch programs to provide free, healthy meals for their kids during the school year,” said Sandy Calvert, executive director of Feeding Medina County. “Our Summer Feeding Program allows us to provide weekly bags of food to children thus alleviating some of the worry.”
Akron’s Zahi Kakish has long been in the vanguard of raising awareness about the little-known disease pulmonary hypertension, something he knows about all too well.
The local businessman was diagnosed in 2006 and has since been “carrying my oxygen and central line for pumping medication to the heart, to help open the ventricles so the heart can pump the blood somewhat easier.”
Despite his labored breathing, Zahi, is still desperately trying to get the word out.
Part of that involves taking a leadership role in the Cleveland Area PH Support Group’s “Walk & Roll,” planned for 11 a.m. July 13 at Wadsworth Shelter in Sand Run Metro Park, 1400 Sand Run Parkway, Akron. Registration is $25, $45 for a family of three ($15 each additional person). To register, go to www.firstgiving.com /phassociation/WalkandRoll. Please include your shirt size.
“We may be able to walk by ourselves, or we may need a walker, a wheelchair or a scooter; or we may have someone walk for us,” Zahi wrote. “Whichever way, we will be there. Help us raise awareness and funds for research about this disease.”
Games, food, entertainment and lots of fun surprises are planned.
To make a donation, please make checks payable to PH Association/CAPHS and mail to Merle Reeseman, 330 College Ave., Grove City, PA 16127. For more information, please call Zahi Kakish at 330-329-6163 or Merle Reeseman at 724-458-5573.
Hats off to Max McQ’s Bar & Grille of Akron for hosting a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving benefit last Saturday to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research.
According to St. Baldrick’s literature, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes; one in five diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive.
The volunteer-driven St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, supported mainly by hosting these signature events where volunteers (men, women and children) collect pledges and then shave their heads in solidarity with children fighting cancer.
Happy belated birthday
Big, beautiful bouquets to Lisa (Hobden) Skinner, who turned 91 Saturday, and continues to give back to the community by volunteering at Summa Health System Barberton Hospital, something she has done for the past 15 years.
The Clinton resident worked 28 years for AT&T as foreman for outside cables. Before that she had a short stint at O’Neil’s out of Buchtel High School.
Good Neighbors Food Center in Goodyear Heights, which dates back to 1957, is bidding adieu to longtime volunteer Robert “Bob” Hively after 26 years. His wife, Elva, who retired earlier this year from the center, had 41.
“That’s a combined 67 years of volunteering, representing a lot of free groceries provided to Akron needy families by this caring couple,” volunteer manager George Camilletti said. “Elva served in several capacities, including president of the Good Neighbors organization for many years. Bob — who has been a pillar of this volunteer-run organization — is a spry 92 years old. Many Goodyear Tire & Rubber people may remember Bob as a skilled analytical chemist.”
Major kudos to a team of Republic Services employees who recently worked to renovate a home in southwest Massillon.
It is part of a partnership with 34 churches from Massillon and Canton, businesses and individuals that has resulted in “the sprucing up and repair of nearly 1,000 Massillon homes,” Republic Services spokesman Jeff Kraus wrote.
“The Community Outreach Of Love, or COOL, project is something Republic has supported from the very beginning,” said Massillon Hauling sales manager Doug Hay. “We were blessed with a great day and made a real difference in the lives of people.” According to Kraus, Republic donated four roll-off boxes for the project, which quickly filled with debris. COOL volunteers did carpentry, landscaping, roofing, painting and concrete work.
School book club
Ruth Dietzel, kindergarten teacher at Akron’s St. Paul Catholic School, said the school’s K-second grade Book Club had a very successful first year: “The club met once a week, October-May, with a membership of 37 students! At our last meeting we talked about why the children enjoyed book club. Some of the reasons included: ‘We get to spend time with our friends and read together; we get to spend time with our teachers; we can read better; I like when others read books to us; I like when we had snacks; I just like to read!’ ”
“Reading should be a joy,” Dietzel said. “Children should spend time reading during the summer and come back to school in the fall with their reading skills improved. This will not only help them in school, but will also help them create lifelong memories and make powerful connections with books.”
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.