If you’ve been thinking about preparing a will but haven’t gotten around to it due to your bleak financial picture, you may want to ring the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of Community Legal Aid.

“Its volunteer attorneys can provide assistance at an upcoming Will Clinic for low-income members of the community who wish to prepare simple wills, living wills, powers of attorney and power of attorney for health care,” said Ashley Heeney, director of development/communications at Community Legal Aid Services Inc. in Akron.

“The next Will Clinic in Summit County will be held the week of Oct. 15 during regular business hours in downtown Akron. This is not a walk-in clinic. Details about the date, time and location will be provided when you call the HelpLine at 1-800-998-9454 to register if Legal Aid determines you are eligible for the service.”

For more than 60 years, Community Legal Aid has been the primary provider of free, civil legal services to low-income residents in central Northeast Ohio.

Walk to Cure Diabetes

Major kudos to Greg and Kristina Dooley, who in just two weeks raised nearly $4,000 in donations to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s recent Walk to Cure Diabetes at Kent State University’s Stark Campus.

The Dooleys’ 2-year-old daughter Isabella has Type I diabetes; her triplet brother and sister (Max and Mia) are free of the disease.

Greg, an Akron native now in Mexico working for Goodyear, turned to social media to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes with the goal of raising $1,000. Two weeks later, their 15-member team, Inspired by Isabella, had quadrupled its goal.

“Our hope is that one day we can tell people that our daughter used to have Type 1 diabetes, and until then we’re going to make sure we spread Isabella’s story around the world,” said Kristina, who is originally from Euclid.

In addition to an international following courtesy of their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/InspiredbyIsabella) and Twitter account (http://twitter.com/InspiredbyIsa), Elliott Yamin, American Idol finalist and fellow Type 1 diabetic, tweeted his encouragement.

Kristina Dooley said she and her husband “maintain strict control of their daughter’s glucose levels, taking measurements eight times per day and applying insulin injections four times daily to ensure their daughter will remain healthy.” They’ve changed the eating habits of Isabella’s brother and sister as well.

The cause of Type I diabetes, diagnosed annually in more than 15,000 adults and 15,000 children in the U.S., is unknown and there is no cure.

Golf fundraiser

A coterie of concerned folks calling themselves Brodyn’s Friends are sponsoring “Golfing for a Cure” on Oct. 8 at Rosemont Country Club, 3777 Rosemont Blvd., Fairlawn, with all proceeds going to find a cure for nonketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH).

NKH is a rare metabolic disease affecting less than 200 children in the United States, children like Brodyn James Leslie, born in April 2008. He’s the son of Dan and Heidi Leslie. Dan is managing partner at Northwestern Mutual Northern Ohio.

Patricia L. Quirk, operations manager at the company, talked about the daunting diagnosis:

“The disease is characterized by the accumulation of large amounts of the amino acid glycine in the blood, urine and particularly the cerebrospinal fluid. The prognosis is poor and most patients die in the first few weeks of life. Those who do survive have intractable seizures and poor neurodevelopmental outcomes. NKH has a wide spectrum of severity ranging from early death to a more rare and mild form of the disease leading to mild mental retardation and developmental disabilities.”

The Leslies learned soon after the son’s diagnosis “that he probably would never sit up, crawl or walk,” Quirk continued. “Brodyn is now 4 years old and has made great strides in development. He sat up on his own at 16 months, crawled at 18 months and walked a few months before his third birthday. Brodyn’s challenges are speech and his gross and fine motor skills. He is a hard worker and attends speech, physical and occupational therapy weekly.”

The family established a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation to raise funds for research and to assist families confronted by the same diagnosis.

Entry fee is $100 ($400 per team) for 18 holes, a cart, silent auction, appetizers and dinner, beer and soft drinks and prizes. Dinner ticket only is $35.

Check-in and range practice at 10:30 a.m. is followed by noon shotgun start. For more information, please contact Heidi Leslie at Heidi@brodynsfriends.com or 330-414-9949.

Food pantry

The Center of Hope at 1034 W. Main St., Ravenna, urgently needs help in replenishing its food pantry.

“The Center provides hot meals five days a week as well as pantry food items,” writes Anne Marie Mann-Noble, director of emergency outreach services for Family & Community Services in Ravenna.

“The mission of the Center of Hope is to fill the gap in food needs experienced by vulnerable residents of Portage County. … September has been a very difficult month as we are experiencing a tremendous jump in the number of individuals needing food assistance.

“Just this week, we have served 305 individuals in the food pantry, this is a 30 percent increase from previous months.”

Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. Please call 330-990-4949.

Reverse raffle

Falls Cancer Club Inc. — a nonprofit helping Cuyahoga Falls cancer patients with medical supplies and bills — is sponsoring a reverse raffle/silent auction 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 at Emidio & Sons Banquet Center, 48 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls, with cocktails, dinner buffet and cash bar.

Cost is $85 per couple (two dinners and one raffle ticket); $55 single (one dinner and one raffle ticket); additional raffle tickets, $25. For tickets or more information please call 330-929-2796 or contact Melinda Terry at melsbterry@att.net.

Special birthday gifts

Big, beautiful bouquets to Abhay Kunduru, a first-grader at Hillcrest Elementary School, for asking guests at his recent 6th birthday party to forgo gifts and instead make donations to the American Cancer Society on behalf of the Revere Relay for Life.

Ron Garman, a sixth-grade Revere Middle School teacher and Revere Relay for Life survivor/committee member, notes that Abhay’s generous gesture resulted in donations of $300.

“I thought a gift from such a caring young child deserves recognition for helping others, especially since relinquishing toys and such on his special day at such a young age seems to me a huge act of unselfish kindness,” Garman said.

Abhay is the son of Siba and Chinnapa Kunduru.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or jcardwell@thebeaconjournal.com.