LIMA — Logan Foley, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, returned to the Lima campus Sunday to lend her support to its Circle K Club sponsored cancer walk to fight pediatric cancer.
At age 19, she was diagnosed with a rare childhood form of skin cancer.
She’s now a survivor and participated in the event’s survivor lap around the quad at the Lima campus.
“I’m here just to raise awareness and support children that are going through pediatric illnesses, whether in the community or nationwide,” said Foley. “I think it’s awesome that the campus is doing this.”
Sarah Mackesy, co-organizer of the event, said “This is to raise awareness for everyone impacted by cancer, but the money goes directly towards kids impacted by cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”
The money also supports BuckeyeThon, an annual philanthropic event put on by The Ohio State University to raise money to put a stop to childhood illnesses and childhood cancer. This year, 61 members are planning to participate in BuckeyeThon.
“This is our second year doing BuckeyeThon, which is 24 hour dance marathon. We had a lot of success last year so we wanted to bring the Lima community into it as well to host an event here,” said Mackesy.
Last year, OSU Lima had 26 students registered to attend the 12-hour dance marathon.
During opening remarks, co-organizer Amari Russell thanked the participants.
“A special thanks to our chair, members and volunteers who stayed up all night to get things done and worked long hours to meet deadlines. Thank you to students, faculty and the community who supported us. A special thank you to Kiwanis because without you we couldn’t have been this successful in our endeavors. You guys are great liaisons and advisors and we from Circle K are so grateful to be touched by your wisdom. Finally, a special thank you to the survivors and the family members of the survivors who are here today. You are so brave. There are no words to explain the wonderful warriors that you are, and I, one day wish, that I could be as brave as you,” said Russell.
Besides the laps around the quad participants could participate in karaoke, face painting, a tic tac toe relay, cornhole and Jumbo Jenga.
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