Austintown community supports local family

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Neighbors | Submitted.The Jaros family and friends posed to promote the Cam Jaros Color Run. Pictured are, from left, (front) Madelyn Miller, Cameron Jaros, Casey Miller; (middle) Kelsey Mickey, Kim Miller, Barb Camacci, Kristen Jaros, Alexa Summervile; (back) Lynn Mickey, Kim Smrek, Stevie Woodberry, Tyler Jaros and Heather Golan.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Volunteers covered the 5k runners with color powder during the Cam Jaros Color Run on Sept. 17. The community came together for the event to support 12-year-old Cameron Jaros, who was recently diagnosed with Acute B Cell Burkitts Leukemia. The event raised money to help his family pay for medical expenses for future treatments and hospital visits.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Along with the running events, the organizers of the Cam Jaros Color Run offered a bounce castle, an inflatable slide, concessions, face painting, a photo booth, a DJ to play music and ice cream from Handel's. They also had a dance team, Austintown Fitch cheerleaders and YSU's Pete and Penny Peguin mascots at the event.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .The volunteers at the Cam Jaros Color Run made sure everything from registration to the photobooth to the actual running events ran smoothly. Pictured are, from left, (front) Maddy Miller, Deb Villers, Lynn Mickey; (middle) Matt Miller, Kim Miller, Kristen Jaros, Heather Gollan, Karen Franczkowski; (back) Shelli Collucci, Bethany Martinez, Angela Burgy, Kathy Kroloski and Phyllis Miller.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Runners lined up to run a 5k at the Cam Jaros Color Run at Austintown Middle School on Sept. 17. Three hundred and seventy-six people registered before the event and more registered during it.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Members of the Austintown community came together for the Cam Jaros Color Run at Austintown Middle School on Sept. 17 to support the Jaros family.

In May, Cameron Jaros, 12, was diagnosed with Acute B Cell Leukemia. The event raised money to help his family pay for his future medical needs.

“I don’t know what to say. Our community is awesome,“ said Kristen Jaros, Cameron’s mother, of the color run and the people who came out to support the family. The event had 376 people register before the day of the event, and many more registered at the event.

Lynn Mickey coordinated the event to help the family. Mickey’s daughter goes to school with Cameron. When she heard the diagnosis, she asked her mom to help the Jaros family. Mickey chose to do a color run because people of all ages could enjoy it.

The event had two color runs, a 5k and a mile run, as well as exciting opportunities at the field near the AMS building, including concessions, a bounce castle and inflatable slide, a photo booth, face painters, Handel’s and a DJ. People could also purchase color powder packets. Everything at the color run was donated for the event.

The 5k started at 9 a.m. Before the run, Phyllis Miller led a prayer for Cameron Jaros’s health. The run went past the Jaros’s house so Cameron could see the supporters. The one mile run at 10:30 went around the Austintown Fitch School campus.

For anyone looking to help the Jaros family after the event, contact Lynn Mickey at 330-770-5871.

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