Swimmers raise funds for Yellow Brick Place


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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield Swim and Tennis Club swim team that are ages 11 and older swam relays for an entire hour non-stop during the club’s annual Hour of Power to raise money for The Yellow Brick Place on July 17. The swimmers were joined by, from left, (back) Assistant Coach Ryan O’Malley, Swim Team Coordinator Debbie Williams, Head Coach Mike Barringer, Assistant Coach Brian Stahl, Assistant Coach Emily King, Kyle Anderson, The Yellow Brick Place President Donna Detwiler, The Yellow Brick Place Vice President Anna Aey and Swim Team Coordinator Donna Beistel.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield Swim and Tennis Club swim team swam relays non-stop for an hour during the club’s annual Hour of Power to raise money for The Yellow Brick Place on July 17.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of the Canfield Swim and Tennis Club swim team waited to dive into the pool for a relay that was conducted during the club’s annual Hour of Power fundraiser July 17.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield Swim and Tennis Club Swim Team had its third annual Hour of Power to raise money for The Yellow Brick Place on July 17.

Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Barringer and Assistant Coaches Emily King, Ryan O’Malley and Brian Stahl, members of the swim team ages 9-10 and 11 and up swam relays for one full hour, while members 8 and under swam laps for one full hour.

All proceeds from the event are donated to The Yellow Brick Place, a cancer wellness center for the tri-county area. Yellow Brick Place co-founders and President Donna Detwiler and Vice President Anna Aey, both cancer survivors, were on hand for the Hour of Power.

“As a cancer survivor, I know how much of a toll the disease can take on a family. Yellow Brick Place is there to help the survivor, kids and caregivers get through such a hard time,” Aey said.

“It is overwhelming on everyone in the family. Cancer is a family disease. It does not just affect the patient. We are there to give direction and guidance,” Detwiler said.

Detwiler and Aey were very appreciative of what the Canfield Swim and Tennis Club Swim Team is doing for The Yellow Brick Place.

“It is incredible what they are doing for us. We truly appreciate them working so hard,” Detwiler said.

According to Detwiler and Aey, The Yellow Brick Place was started in 2010 and snowballed from there.

“Everyone wanted to help us. We were very touched. We joined forces with Christina’s Garden and grew from there. There is no other organization like ours in the area,” Aey said.

“We are about mind, body and spirit. That increases our survivors chances. We offer support, hope and guidance,” Detwiler said.

Swim team members also made posters and signs dedicated to family members or friends who passed away or survived cancer.

The swimmers received T-shirts as a souvenir of their Hour of Power swim and as a reminder of their commitment to The Yellow Brick Place.

For more information on The Yellow Brick House, contact Aey at 330-518-1478 or Detwiler at 330-770-0808, email info@yellowbrickplace.org or visit www.yellowbrickplace.org. The organization will host its Color Run, a 5K run/walk, Sept. 21, at Austintown Township Park. For registration details, visit their web site.

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