Runner and golfers that came from all over the state to help raise money for cancer research ended up helping two organizations have record-breaking turnouts this year.
Nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5th Annual Alexa Brown 5k and Kids 1k on September 20th, as they pounded the pavement in downtown Clyde to honor the young girl who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. The turnout was a great success considering there were other high-profile races going on the same day. All proceeds from the race and from the 70 additional race shirts that were sold will go to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, which is part of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation. To honor Alexa, race organizers had butterfly wings set up, so that children could have their photos taken.
Another successful event to raise funds for cancer research was held the following weekend at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course and it ended up raising nearly triple the amount that it had the previous year. It was the 2nd Annual Jake Zeller Memorial Golf Outing and the Ohio State University’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute will be receiving $18,223 in Jake Zeller’s name to put toward their research. Jake was treated at The James before losing his battle with brain cancer in 2013.
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Left to Right: OSU representative Erika Beasley, Jake’s girlfriend Kari Phillips, Anneke Godlewski, Jake’s sister-in-law Angie Zeller, Leslie Rombkowski, Jake’s mom Sam Reau, and Brianna Miller.