Kathy Carnahan of Struthers is honoring the memory of her son, Daniel, who died of cancer Jan. 25, by having a Tastefully Simple tasting party fundraiser Sunday to benefit the Pelotonia, an annual three-day cycling tour in Columbus that raises money for cancer research.
The event is set for 3 to 6 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul/Holy Apostles Church Hall, 412 Covington St.
Tastefully Simple tasting parties feature ideas for treating friends and family to delicious food that can be easily prepared; and also how to order Tastefully Simple foods. There also will be an auction and a 50/50 raffle.
The beneficiaries of Carnahan’s fundraiser are the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia’s operating expenses are covered by funding partners, so that 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar goes to fund cancer research.
Carnahan, a senior customer-service representative for Huntington National Bank, said she has committed to raising money for cancer research as a virtual Pelotonia rider.
“I feel very strongly about this due to losing my son to cancer. He was 28. One of his last wishes was to donate his body to science, but because of all the problems he had, he did not qualify for the program. So I thought raising money for research would be the next best thing to honor him,” she said.
She invites people who attend the fundraiser to bring pictures of cancer survivors or those who have died of cancer to be displayed in the church hall.
Carnahan also is asking for a tax-deductible monetary donation or donations of items or baskets for one of the event auctions. Anyone interested in donating an item or basket can call her at 330-536-3001, and she will make arrangements to have it picked up if necessary.
People can donate in person via a check or money order made payable to Pelotonia or go online to Pelotonia.org, click on donations, enter her rider identification number, KC0113, and her name will pop up and prompts will direct how to donate.
Carnahan’s son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in August 2001 just as he was beginning his senior year at Lowellville High School. He had many trips to University Hospitals in Cleveland for treatments that year, but he remained on the honor roll and was able to go to senior night and his senior prom.
“I thought his face was going to crack, he was smiling so much. I was so proud of him,” she said.
Daniel attended the University of Cincinnati to study computers, and had several jobs, the last with Med Plus in Cincinnati.
He was in remission for nine years, but in July 2011, during emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage, it was discovered he had acute lymphoma B. In November 2011, Danny needed a bone marrow transplant. His brother, David, tested and was a match. In May 2012, Danny was back in the hospital, this time with leukemia. He was home for Christmas 2012, but died a month later.
“He had been on life support and dialysis, but through it all he never gave up. True to his nature, he died with a big smile on his face,” his mother said.