Jewell Cardwell

Leia’ Love Hair & Nail Salon in Fairlawn is rolling out for the third year a unique program/celebration to benefit female cancer survivors.

“Batting for a Cure” is 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, geared to women who have lost their eyelashes and other facial hair due to radiation and chemotherapy. “We would like to take the time to help them regain confidence in their appearance by adding a small touch of beauty that makes a huge difference,” said salon owner/cosmetologist Leia’ Love.

“They will be able to ‘bat’ their eyes with dignity … Breast cancer survivors will receive a free set of lashes and a makeup session between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m.”

Services include applying false eyelashes, makeup, eyebrow arching, nail polish changes and mini-massages for a small donation, which will go to the American Cancer Society.

The salon is at 3094 W. Market St., Suite 100, Fairlawn. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other participants/sponsors include Stewart’s Caring Place, the American Cancer Society, IAME Beauty Salon, Lynn Lewis, hairstylist; the Lash Boutique; Let’s Heal Massage, Sonya Lee; Giant Eagle (Fairlawn location); Dominion Family Baptist Church; Delightfully Dipped Delights; and Zeta Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Coats for Kids

Mancan Inc. Staffing Agency with local offices in Canton, Massillon, Tallmadge, Medina and Wooster, in collaboration with the local United Way, is kicking off its third annual companywide Coats for Kids campaign with a goal of collecting and distributing 2,000 new or gently used coats. Deadline is Nov. 15.

For drop-off locations, please visit or call eastern division vice president Debbie Lindsay at 330-456-7284.

Euchre for cancer

The Falls Cancer Club Inc. — which pays medical, hospital and pharmacy bills and provides equipment for Cuyahoga Falls residents battling cancer — is sponsoring a Euchre Tournament Oct. 19 at the Elks Lodge, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Registration is at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. tournament.

Eighty seats are available. Cost is $20 on a first-come basis, with cash prizes for first, second and last place, and appetizers included. Make checks payable to Falls Cancer Club Inc. and mail to Melinda Dull, 1977 Sedro St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221.

Questions or more information, please email or call 330-687-9253.

Blanket project

A Firestone High School ninth-grade teacher is again asking for help in collecting 5-by-5-foot fleece fabric for his freshman classes’ community service project: producing 40 blankets for the Akron chapter of Project Linus to donate to patients at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Project Linus has chapters in all 50 states. Its mission is providing colorful, kid-friendly blankets to children in hospitals, shelters and social service agencies or anywhere a child could benefit from a hug.

Deadline to drop off material for David Parks’ project is Oct. 30. For more information, please email

‘Lungs for Don’

A benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction hosted by “Lungs for Don” is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, at Creston Middle School, 161 S. Main St., Creston (on state Route 3, south of Seville).

All proceeds support Medina’s Don Evans, who is in desperate need of a lung transplant.

Items already donated include small kitchen appliances, a variety of baskets, antiques, coupons, corn-hole boards and more. For more information, please call Jen at 330-769-7292 or Rachel at 740-405-7093.

Copley runner’s challenge

Major kudos to Copley’s Todd Hart, who will participate in the Rock ’n’ Roll Cleveland Marathon on Sunday.

Todd, who also competes in triathlons, will be running with an extra challenge: foot paralysis caused by a melanoma he suffered in 2008. “The surgeries after his diagnosis eventually left him with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes his foot to contract and twist into painful, abnormal postures,” wrote Ashley Watkins, spokeswoman for Allard USA.

“He overcomes the pain with regular Botox injections that leave his foot paralyzed. A lifelong athlete, Hart is now able to run again with the help of a technologically advanced, carbon fiber orthotic device made by Allard USA. The brace is designed to mimic the biophysical movement of the muscles in his legs and feet.”

He will be joined by national marathoner Beth Deloria who also wears an Allard brace. She was sidelined in 2004 due to a spinal injury that resulted in a similar “foot drop.”

Clothing drive

Connecting Touch Therapy & Wellness Center Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls is sponsoring a clothing drive through Oct. 15. “When you go through your closet and you see items you haven’t worn in two years, there are people in our local community who will wear them every day!” Jack Hayes, Connecting Touch president, said. “The collected clothing will go to the Springtime of Hope which will distribute the clothing to the homeless in the Akron area … We will be collecting new and gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and gloves … With high unemployment in Summit County, there are many families who need our help.”

For each item delivered to Connecting Touch, 960 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the donor’s name will be entered in a drawing for a half-hour massage with a paraffin hand treatment. For more information, please call 330-945-9354.

Students help students

Kudos to the University of Akron’s Civic Engagement Program, which recently collected hundreds of school supplies for Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education) for students experiencing homelessness.

“The goal of the Civic Engagement Program (led by Alison Doehring) is to develop programs and opportunities for university students dedicated to service and volunteerism,” wrote Rachel Breece, child and family development specialist with Project RISE.

“The group strives to help students understand the importance of civic responsibility and volunteerism by participating in a variety of programs which include: Super Service Saturdays, Make a Difference Day, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Alternative Spring Break, National Volunteer Week, and many more.”

Debra Manteghi, Project RISE program manager, said more than 1,200 homeless youth were identified during the 2012-13 school year.

Big bouquets also to BJ’s Wholesale Club, which donated $4,000 worth of supplies and gift cards to Project RISE.

Interested in helping Project RISE? Please contact Manteghi at 330-761-2969 or

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or