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Helping the hospital $1 at a time

hrr-webFor the 52nd year, the Friends of Akron Children’s Hospital are helping to fulfill the hospital’s needs one dollar at a time.

The annual Harness Race Rally will be held on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at Northfield Park.

The volunteers will be travelling around Portage, Stark and Summit counties this summer selling $1 raffle tickets; the grand prize is a 2013 Chrysler 200 from Brunswick Automart. The winning ticket will be pulled during the event.

This year, proceeds will benefit Akron Children’s Hospital’s School and Community Oncology Outreach Program (S.C.O.O.P.).

“Each year the Friends’ board is presented with several projects to support,” said Betsy Clark, chair of the 2013 Harness Race. “This year, the vote to choose S.C.O.O.P. was unanimous. We are proud to be able to give our financial support to this vital program.”

S.C.O.O.P. raises awareness about childhood cancer in schools and communities. The staff also helps cancer patients undergoing treatment keep up with their schoolwork. Additionally, they help patients maintain relationships with the school and their friends, which allows for an easier transition to the classroom setting.

“Having those resources for children with cancer is so important,” said Jeffrey Hord, M.D., director of the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. “Transitioning back into school at the same level as their peers, with their classmates, and teachers understanding what they have been going through is critical to the mental and social well-being of our patients.”

Since the beginning of the Harness Race Rally, the event has raised more than $3 million for various programs of the hospital.

“We are truly amazed at the response to our major fundraiser as we go out into the community to ask for support,” said Clark. “People are most gracious and so willing to help by contributing to the success of the Harness Race Rally. The reputation of Akron Children’s Hospital, and the expertise and loving care of all the staff, is what makes this hospital so special to the many people we come in contact with.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 330-543-8340 or Akron Children’s volunteer office at 330-543-8424.

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