Rebecca Haymaker-Mise of Copley — known over the years to her students as Miss Haymaker or Mrs. Mise — is closing the book on a long and meaningful teaching career.
Sadly, it wasn’t in her lesson plan to do so right now. Breast cancer was the decider, and she’s also caring for her husband.
Bill DiMascio, a retired principal with Akron Public Schools and an admirer of her teaching skills, shared her story:
“Becky retired from Akron Public Schools after 28 years teaching at Perkins Middle School. Additionally she helped countless students via home instruction. Most recently, 1998 until now, she’s been teaching part-time at Akron Alternative Academy for at-risk kids …
“She also worked about 30 years — on weekends — at Luigi’s.
“Becky is someone who has a heart of gold, someone who always went the extra mile to help her students. She even purchased keepsake boxes for the kids who graduated from the alternative school … She’s just someone who has always loved teaching … I know she means a lot to her former students and I know they would like to know … I don’t think there is a kid, adult or animal she wouldn’t stop to help.”
Mrs. Haymaker-Mise got a send-off celebration last week at the Alternative Academy.
Kick for the Cure
Kick for the Cure is growing in both attendance and enthusiasm. And we have a cast of high school soccer players from Green and North Canton to thank for it.
The first event, in 2007, was held in honor of Shawn Basone, wife of Green soccer coach and middle school teacher Jeff Basone. Sadly, Shawn died in 2008 following a long battle with cancer, but the event continues, honoring Shawn and all others that have been touched by cancer.
Local charities, along with national organizations, are selected to receive the money. Last year, donations of nearly $18,000 went to Stewart’s Caring Place in Akron and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year, Kick for the Cure has selected Camp Quality Ohio (a weeklong summer camp for children with cancer and their siblings) and Komen as recipients.
The event is Sept. 21 at Green High School. Green and North Canton Hoover’s girls varsity and junior varsity soccer teams will compete, and Green’s boys varsity and junior varsity teams will take on Boardman. Activities — which also include 50/50 drawings, basket raffles, carnival games, music, food, a dunk tank, face painting and more — get underway at 1 p.m. and run all day.
Advertising space for the program and donations of cash and raffle items are still being accepted by Dennis Guilmette, fundraising chairman, at 216-334-4867. Or donations can be mailed to Kick for the Cure, c/o Green Soccer Association, P.O. Box 484, Green, Ohio 44232. Kick for the Cure T-shirts are $10 at any Green boys or girls home soccer game, at Springhill Soccer Complex on Thursday evenings during practice and at Boettler Park on Saturday mornings; or visit the Facebook page GreenKickforTheCure where there is an order form.
For yet another way to contribute to this event, visit Five Guys Burgers & Fries at The Strip in North Canton between 4 and 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Mention Kick for the Cure when you place your order, and 25 percent of your bill will be donated.
Ralston memorial fund
Pastor David Zachrich of Tallmadge Lutheran Church is reaching out for community support in the wake of the recent murders of a Tallmadge mother and son, 31-year-old Wendy and 5-year-old Peyton Ralston. “There is no insurance or other funds available for burial costs,” Zachrich said.
“So, a fund has been established at area branches of FirstMerit Bank to assist the Wendy and Peyton Ralston family with funeral expenses … Donations should be designated Ralston Family Memorial Fund. Gifts can also be mailed or delivered to Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., Tallmadge, Ohio 44278 with the same designation. All gifts and donations will be given to the family. For more information, please contact Pastor David Zachrich at 330-633-4775.”
“A few months ago, our dear friend Katie Boyett-Smoak (a Kenmore graduate now living in Orangesburg, S.C.) was diagnosed with terminal cancer,” was how former schoolmate Laura Ross introduced her story. “Katie has a little blog on Facebook and every morning she posts ‘Dying 101.’ (In one post) Katie was thinking about her plans for the future and stated that for Christmas, she didn’t need anything since she was dying and asked that people just buy for kids. Katie has always been about kids …
“Now this is where the story gets interesting. Katie had breast cancer in 2010 and beat it. Her husband, Greg, battled cancer, as well as one of her sons. So, Katie is no stranger to this horrible disease. Her request to buy for the kids at Christmas was heard by a fellow classmate, Kimberly Robinson-Ross, who started a foundation along with Katie’s sisters called Katie’s Kids at Christmas. This fund is to help kids and families dealing with cancer at Christmastime.”
The foundation’s kickoff was last month at Ripper’s Rock House on Manchester Road.
Come Sept. 14, Robinson-Ross and others who grew up playing softball with Katie are hosting a benefit, all-day co-ed softball tournament at Norton Middle School fields, off Cleveland-Massillon Road in Norton. Registration cost per team for the one-pitch, double-elimination tournament is $200. For more information or to make a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An after-party is planned at Ripper’s Rock House.
Help for Norton man
Friends of Norton resident Tim Mitchell are organizing a Swiss steak dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and silent auction 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton.
All proceeds will go to help the 53-year-old, who had a heart attack three years ago, a brain aneurysm and a lung cancer diagnosis this past spring, with his living and medical expenses. Tim formerly worked at Petit’s Car Wash as a machinist and equipment installer but is currently undergoing chemotherapy and has not worked for the better part of a year.
Cost to attend the dinner is $8 adults; $5 children 10 and under. To donate items for the silent auction or purchase tickets, please call Mary Foster at 330-706-1896, Nancy Delnay at 330-608-7185 or Beth Williams at 330-606-1542.
Yes, members of the Cuyahoga-Portage County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution — the subject of a recent column — have diligently worked on behalf of local veterans.
However, it’s the Summit County Veterans Service Commission that’s hosting the fifth annual Stand Down, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10, at the VFW Post #3383, 690 W. Waterloo Road, Akron. The Stand Down — a huge effort to help displaced or homeless veterans with everything from clothing to haircuts — is chaired by Army Korean War veteran Laura Dunlop.
“This year, 23 women from [five] area DAR chapters will volunteer in some way as part of the event,” said Lora Staats, who wears many hats with the DAR and the Veterans Committee.
Liver transplant fundraiser
A Liver Transplant Fundraiser for Larry & Daniel Shobe is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Casa Del Ranchero, 562 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton.
The Shobes were the subject of an earlier column when USMC Sgt. Daniel J. Shobe, back from a tour of Afghanistan, donated two-thirds of his liver to his father, Larry, of Barberton.
Cost to attend the benefit is $15 for adults; $5 children ages 2 to 10. Also on the menu are 50/50 raffles, baskets raffles and much more.
A Shobe Family Benevolent Fund also has been set up at FirstMerit Bank (any branch).
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com