Kids Shine for a Cure fundraiser in Austintown draws hundreds


Two North Jackson-based children’s charities enjoyed excellent weather today for a joint fund-raising event attended by more than 500 people in Austintown Township Park.

The event was the second annual Kids Shine for a Cure, whose proceeds are divided equally between the Autistic Learning Foundation and the A Way with Words Foundation.

The Autistic Learning Foundation helps children diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder by offering support, information packets, iPADs as learning devices, necessary equipment, medical care and grants for summer camps.

A Way with Words Foundation benefits children battling cancer by providing groceries, care products and comfort items.

Saturday’s fundraiser included an Every Mile Matters Walk-a-Thon over a one-mile course, a kite-flying contest, face-painting, a basket auction and a 50-50 raffle.

“When it comes to kids, I’m on board 110 percent,” said Jim Davis, Austintown trustees chairman, who came to participate in the walk with his daughter, Gabby, 3, and his dog, Cooper, a Morkie (Yorkie-Maltese mix). ‘‘Anytime you can help a community organization, it’s just so important to be a part of it....The best way to get to my heart is through kids,” Davis said.

“There are families that need the additional help. They struggle on a day-to-day basis, so to come out here and help raise some money for those families, it was important for me to be here,” Davis added.

For more on the event, read Sunday's Vindicator or

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