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Finish the Fight raises funds



Published: Fri, September 13, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Ethan (left) and Emma Swift ate a Sno-cone at the Finish the Fight event to benefit the American Cancer Society Aug. 24.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Beth DeVore, a member of the Boardman Relay for Life team the Cadman Crusaders, is shown standing in front of the quilt she is raffling off to make money for the American Cancer Society.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.A vareity of vendors, Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer teams participated in the Finish the Fight event Aug. 24.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Mason Mangapora (left), Moira Lumsden (middle) and Maleck Saleh, volunteers at the Finish the Fight event, practiced cornhole Aug. 24.

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Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.A children's area was available, which included a variety of activities, at the Finish the Fight event.

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

neighbors@vindy.com

The American Cancer Society celebrated 100 years with a Finish the Fight event at Austintown Township Park Aug. 24.

“Our desire is to make a stand and finish the fight with cancer,” said Renee Walker, income development administrative assistant with the American Cancer Society.

ACS brought together Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer teams along with community and business vendors to create a day-long event that was meant to raise funds and awareness as well as recognize volunteers. Dr. Gary K. Koski, an ACS research grantee in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences, also spoke about the research his team is doing, which focuses on development of a cancer vaccine for all cancers with an emphasis on breast cancer.

“We’re going to just enjoy the day with everyone,” Walker said. “Hopefully we’ll raise awareness and raise money to continue research to finish the fight.”

Beth DeVore, a member of the Boardman Relay for Life team the Cadman Crusaders, brought crafts to sell at the event.

“Last year, I decided I’m not going to just go ask people for money, I’m going to actually earn it,” DeVore said. “And I started making crafts and friends started giving me things that they make.”

The Finish the Fight event was a great opportunity to sell the items, she said.

“I jumped on it. It sounded wonderful,” she said.

DeVore has participated in craft shows, and said her crafts have been well-received.

“They like the fact that they’re donating money by buying the stuff; they’re supporting something worthy,” she said.

Admission to the Finish the Fight event was free. Also included were children’s games, food and live music. Money raised benefits ACS research, education, advocacy and patient service programs.


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