Campbell-Dickinson Run-Bike-Walk set for Saturday

TORONTO — The continuing battle to “run down cancer” will take center stage in the Gem City Saturday, when hundreds of area residents are expected to participate in the eighth-annual Campbell-Dickinson Run-Bike-Walk, the fourth-annual Noah Long Kid’s 1K and the St. Baldrick’s Shave-Off.

George Komar, president of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, said members of the community will “take part in a celebration of life to remember those who have passed and honor those who are in the fight against cancer.”

Proceeds from the events will benefit Trinity Health System’s Teramana Cancer Center’s Emergency Assistance Relief Fund, which serves patients from throughout the Upper Ohio Valley; childhood cancer research; the coalition; and the family of Toronto resident Karen McAdoo.

Activities will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the TEMS Joint Ambulance District Building, located at 201 S. Fourth St.

Participants are encouraged to dress in green, including accessories such as hats and face paint, since the day is centered around St. Patrick’s Day. The event always is held the Saturday closest to the holiday to honor the memory of Pat Campbell, a Jefferson County attorney who was born on the date and died from an enlarged heart.

The run and walk, which is 3.1 miles, will start at the corner of Henry and South Third streets.

The St. Baldrick’s Shave-Off has been a part of the Campbell-Dickinson event for the last six years, and is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancer and to give survivors longer and healthier lives, according to Matt Lewis, volunteer coordinator.

“It has become the largest organization for childhood cancer research in the world,” Lewis said.

“To date, we have raised just shy of $60,000,” Lewis continued. “This will be our seventh year and we are so blessed to have the same team of shavers take part in the event.”

Lewis said hairdressers Mindy McFerren Jones, Julie Ault and Linda Beckett will serve as the shavers for St. Baldrick’s. He added the thoughts of many will be directed toward Karen (Carnahan) McAdoo, a Toronto resident who was a volunteer shaver for the past four years.

McAdoo suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm on Dec. 2 and has undergone several surgeries. She continues her fight to return to her husband, Kevin, and her two children, as well as her family, friends and “the community who loves her and who she loves dearly,” organizers said.

“Karen was a big part of our shave-off event,” Lewis said, “and the community is continuing to pray on a daily basis for her in her recovery.”

“She has helped raise thousands of dollars for childhood cancer research,” Komar added, saying that this year, “Karen now needs our help.” Part of the proceeds from the event will go to McAdoo’s family to assist in covering the cost of her care.

Information on the Campbell-Dickinson event can be obtained by visiting www.TheGemCity.org.

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