If you’re free the morning of Aug. 5, love volleyball and want to help a child desperately trying to hang onto life, please consider Tourney on the Turf, a charity volleyball tournament at Prentiss Park, 2009 East Ave., Akron. First serve is 10 a.m.
This year’s tournament will benefit 4-year-old Ryan Encinas, son of Angela and Robert Encinas of Cuyahoga Falls, who was diagnosed when he was 3 with Stage 2 and 3 pleuropulmonary blastoma, an extremely rare pediatric cancer.
According to medical literature, only about 10 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year.
“When he was admitted to Akron Children’s Hospital, Ryan had a football-sized tumor in his left chest that had collapsed his left lung and crowded his heart,” say those close to his situation. “After going through chemotherapy treatments, the size of the tumor decreased. On Jan. 14, 2011, Ryan underwent his first surgery to remove the tumor along with the lower lobe of his left lung.”
But get this. His family says the insurance company did not cover the surgery, calling it “elective” to remove the tumor.”
That’s why Tourney on the Turf has turned its attention to little Ryan.
Cost is $20 per player or $15 for high school students. Each participant gets a tournament T-shirt, and there will be prizes, concessions and the always-popular Slip ’n Slide.
For information, including division details, please contact Chad Kelly at 330-730-8204 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rachel Roukey at 330-618-3513or rroukey@ roadrunner.com; Matt Weiss at 330-703-8246or email@example.com; or Jamey Price at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer for nurses
Calling all nurses for a special tribute!
St. Paul Catholic Church, 1580 Brown St., Akron, is hosting the sixth annual Tribute to Nurses Mass for all those serving in the nursing profession at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.
“It is our hope that nurses, their families and the entire community will attend to honor those serving in the nursing profession,” writes organizer and veteran nurse Mary DiDonato.
“The Peace Together Choir will be singing and Father Neil Kookoothe, who is a registered nurse, will be returning for the celebration of the liturgy.”
A reception will follow. For information, please call DiDonato at 330-724-2109 or Robert Brodbeck at 330-620-5795.
Cancer club events
The Falls Cancer Club —which helps Cuyahoga Falls residents with medical supplies, prescriptions and more in their battle against cancer — is sponsoring these fundraisers next month:
• Bake sale and hot dog roast, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at Discount Drug Mart, Portage Trail and Seventh Street. “The store will donate all the fixings for the hot dog roast and club members, patients and friends will donate the baked goods,” Falls Cancer Club spokeswoman Melinda Terry said. “Also many more items on hand.”
• Marco’s Pizza on Portage Trail will donate 15 percent of its sales from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 21, pickup or delivery. Simply mention Falls Cancer Club when placing your order.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.