Pats on the Back:

∫ To all involved in the annual Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia — especially to the event’s founder, Ron Green. He established it nearly two decades ago in honor of his sister, who died of leukemia. The event, held this weekend in Wheeling, raises money to fight childhood cancers and to help victims and their families.

∫ To organizations that stage back-to-school events for students, often providing them with school supplies and sometimes physical checkups. And to the many local residents who donate money and goods for such activities.