Going Green, Then Bald, for the Cause

Organizers hope plenty of heads will be shaved today to help children with cancer as part of the Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Trinity Foundation’s Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund.

The Toronto Coalition for Revitalization is sponsoring the race as well as a shave-off as part of St. Baldrick’s, a nonprofit organization that seeks to find cures for childhood cancer, according to George Komar, coalition president.

“We raised about $4,700 for St. Baldrick’s through last year’s shave-off,” Komar said, adding this year’s shave-off will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the TEMS Joint Ambulance District headquarters, 201 S. Fourth St., Toronto. “The three of us – myself, (co-organizers) Matt Lewis and Roger Lewis – dyed our hair green to raise awareness (of childhood cancer). We will have our heads shaved …

“Mindy Jones will be in charge of the hair-cutting,” continued Komar, adding that if shorn locks are long enough, they will be donated to Locks of Love, an organization that uses the hair to create wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Participants solicit donations for the shave-off, which are donated to St. Baldrick’s, said Komar. Those wishing to participate without sponsorship can pay $15, which also goes toward St. Baldrick’s, he added.

This will be the third year for the race/walk, proceeds of which are donated to the Trinity Foundation’s Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund, according to Komar.

The event, which includes a 5K course for adult runners and walkers and a 1K course for children, is named for cancer survivor Jenny Russlee Dickinson, a teacher in Toronto, and the late attorney William “Pat” Campbell. The Trinity TEAR Foundation is part of the Trinity Foundation Fund, and the last two years’ races have raised more than $30,000 for the fund to help patients undergoing cancer treatments with personal and medical expenses. Last year 800 runners participated, and Komar has said he’s hoping for 1,000 runners today, depending on the weather.

The run/walk, sanctioned by the U.S.A. Track and Field Association, will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at TEMS headquarters, and a table will be set up for same-day registration.

The course is mostly flat, and children begin at 11 a.m. with the adult runners beginning at 11:30 a.m. The adult walkers will begin shortly after. Both first-place adult walkers and runners will receive medals categorized by age and gender, Komar said.

For more information, go to www.thegemcity.org or call 740-544-6439.