Saturday’s about helping others

There are few residents of the Tri-State Area who can say they have not been touched by cancer.

Treatment regimens can take a terrible toll on the person who is fighting cancer, as well as his or her family and friends. One source of help for local residents has been the Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund, which provides many services, including transportation assistance, nutritional supplements, medicine and equipment for those who are being treated at Trinity Health System’s Teramana Cancer Center.

A big fundraiser for that fund will bring the streets of Toronto alive Saturday, when the ninth-annual Campbell-Dickinson 5K Run, Bike, Walk event is held.

It’s a morning of fun for area residents of all ages, with the 5K race beginning at 10 a.m. The Noah Long Kids Fun 1K for children will begin at 11 a.m., the bicycle ride at 11:40 a.m. and the 5K walk at 11:45 a.m.

The Long run is held in memory of Noah Long, the son of David and Katie Long of Wellsville, who died of acute myeloid leukemia on July 28, 2014, just two days after his eighth birthday.

His family is able to offer a $1,000 scholarship in his name each year to a student at Toronto High School, Katie Long explained.

The TEMS building at 201 S. Fourth St. will be the center of all of the activities, which include a St. Baldrick’s Shave-Off beginning at 10:30 a.m. There also will be face painting, food vendors and other activities.

The weekend actually begins at 6:30 p.m. today, when cancer survivors are celebrated at a dinner set for Karaffa Elementary School.

According to the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, the events have raised $218,141 since 2011 to help in the first against cancer.

The coalition and its president, George Komar, deserve to be commended for ensuring the event grows and remains successful.

Their efforts help to make life a little easier for those who are battling cancer.