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TORONTO — The Pat Campbell 5K Run Walk and Kids’ 1K will follow a different route this year while continuing to focus on helping local cancer patients.

Returning for a 10th year, after a two-year hiatus spurred by the pandemic, the race will begin at 11 a.m. on March 19 at the Gazebo Commons at Third and Market streets, said George Komar, who co-chairs the event with Toni Moreland. .

Komar is president of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization, which organizes the event with the support of numerous companies.

He noted that the race and related events, including head shaving for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, also a cancer fundraiser, have started near the Joint Ambulance District TEMS station in recent years.

But Komar said it seemed best not to disrupt operations at the ambulance station, so she was moved to the Gazebo Commons, an area where the band held their summer community concerts.

He said runners and walkers for the 5K event will head north to Spring Street just over the Old Route 7 bridge and back while those for the Kids’ Run, starting at 11:30 a.m., will head to 601 North River Ave. and back. .

Medals will be awarded to the top two in the children’s race for ages 1-6, 7-9 and 10-12. This latest race is held in honor of Noah Long, an 8-year-old Wellsville boy and Toronto student who lost a battle with leukemia in 2014.

The 5K race is held in honor of William Pat Campbell, a local lawyer who died in 2009 following a three-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that strained his heart. Campbell was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1925, which is why the race takes place on a weekend close to the holidays.

For several years, Jenny Dickinson, a local teacher, dedicated her time to the event while also organizing her own fundraiser, Jenny’s Journey. But Komar said she was again diagnosed with cancer and, choosing to focus on her own battle with the disease, pulled out of the event.

He said a shave for St. Baldrick’s Foundation will also take place at 11 a.m. at the nearby town garage. Hosted locally by Matt Lewis, the event is one of many fundraisers across the United States and in more than 20 countries where men and women have had their heads shaved in exchange for pledged donations for research. on childhood cancer.

Those interested in participating can call (740) 632-4064 for more information.

The cost to participate in the races is $15 for those 18 and under and $20 for those 19 and over.

Registration forms can be found at the Toronto Post Office and Municipal Building, Subway, Sweet Stop Bakery, Tri-B’s Coffee Shop, and Moreland’s State Farm Insurance Office and downloaded from from the coalition’s website at html.

Those who register before March 8 will receive one of the official race t-shirts. This year’s jersey features the different colored ribbons that represent specific forms of cancer and reads: ‘No matter the colors, cancer stinks’.

The organizers will be on site from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the day before the race to register participants, who can also register on the morning of the event.

Komar said the race was held in all weathers and there are currently no plans to reschedule it.

The St. Patrick’s 5K Run and Jenny’s Journey collectively raised $189,056 for Trinity’s Emergency Relief Fund, which helps eligible patients at the cancer center with insurance and costs for medications, medical equipment and supplies durable and other needs.

Although the 2020 race was canceled due to orders from state officials against public gatherings, the coalition and Dickinson and others behind Jenny’s Journey were still able to present a $10,414 donation to the Teramana Cancer Center. of the Trinity Health System.

Komar said $8,585 of that came from the efforts of Dickinson and his group. He said that after the coalition accepted donations from local sponsors for the 2020 event, he offered to return it, but they refused. He added that the donation also included the fees of those who had pre-registered.

Komar said he has received a lot of positive feedback since the announcement of the return to racing.

He said when calling potential sponsors: “The response has been so good.

They say, ‘Oh, George, it’s so nice to hear from you.’ »

To date, more than 20 companies, groups and individuals have agreed to be sponsors. Others interested can call Komar at (740) 544-6439 or email him at [email protected]

Komar expressed his thanks to his many supporters, including Toronto city officials, the city’s police department and TEMS, which will have staff on site; and Trinity Health System, which sponsors digital billboards promoting the event.

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