Hello Friends and Neighbors…
Our Seventh Annual Breast Cancer 5K CARE Walk will begin and end at the Oakwood High School stadium on Saturday, May 10. Health CARE (our whole community Health Fair) and registration will begin at 8 a.m. Opening ceremonies will be at 8:40 and the walk will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 per family, $15 per adult walker, and $10 per student walker. The walk is a family-oriented event for walkers and runners of all ages. For more details, please see the registration form attached to this email. Here is a brief overview of what is in store this year:
We are selling pink ribbon cookies (100 percent donated by Laura’s Cookies of DLM) again. Cookies are $1.00 each and will be sold at OHS by Oakwood Giving and Women’s Issues groups, at elementary schools by girl scouts, and by various team members and supporters. Last year we sold more than 2,700 cookies and we expect to sell at least that many again! Let me know if you would like to buy any.
We are giving away a FREE stainless steel travel mug for every pre-registration form turned in (one per family, please). These are super nice, high quality travel mugs, so we hope this encourages all to pre-register! We would like to have everyone pre-register if at all possible because it makes the morning go so much smoother if most walkers are pre-registered. We have had 400+ participants the last two years and that’s a lot of people to register in 45 minutes!
We will have our popular t-shirts again this year. A tremendous THANK YOU to Whispers, our lead sponsor, for underwriting the costs of these shirts. We will also have Ty puppies with pink boas. Thank you to Blue Turtle Toys for their donation of our furry items.
We are selling raffle tickets for an oriental rug donated by Fazel Rug Gallery and artwork donated by Deck the Walls. You don’t have to be present at the Walk to win these raffle prizes. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets are available at Fazel Rugs and Deck the Walls as well as through CARE Walk team members.
Dan Edwards from Channel 2 will emcee our Walk again. He and his son make the pre-walk festivities fun and informative. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we will have bagels, fruit, water, coffee, lots of door prizes, and goody bag treats for all walkers.
Bucky, the Dayton Bombers’ mascot will be at CARE Walk this year!
We cannot thank our sponsors enough: Alley Cat Designs, the Asian Arts Center, Blue Turtle Toys, Clark’s Mr Prescription, Dr. Danny Reveal, Deck the Walls, Fazel Rug Gallery, Invoked Projects, KTC Quail, Laura’s Cookies (of DLM), Miami Valley Hospital (a major sponsor), Nancy Chifala Design, The Oakwood Register, Standard Register, and Whispers, our lead sponsor once again!
Our sincerest thanks to all who support CARE Walk. CARE Walk is 100 percent volunteer-driven. We have no administrative costs and 100 percent of the proceeds of CARE Walk goes to breast cancer causes here in Dayton and will support the mission of the Breast Cancer Foundation of Dayton (www.breastcancerfdn.org). Each dollar raised goes to our dream of a world without breast cancer.
If you are interested in joining us, please download a registration form from www.carewalk.org and mail to CARE Walk, Inc., 219 Orchard Dr., Dayton, OH 45419-1722.
Registration forms are also available around town in Oakwood shops and in the school offices. You may also call 294-3816 to have one mailed to you.
Please pre-register even if you miss the deadline—we have ordered lots of extra items so we will probably be able to fill your order but they are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. We will also have items, cookies, and raffle tickets for sale at CARE Walk.
Thank you for your support!
Leigh Ann Fulford and the 2008 CARE Walk Team
Mary Beth Evans
Leigh Ann Fulford
Mary Lee Moberg
Watch for bicyclists
The weather has finally turned pleasant and bicyclists are now out in full force. My husband and I have encountered a problem recently and we would like to make some suggestions. We were riding on Shafor Blvd. and were in the process of passing a parked car. Another car came right up behind us and honked their horn, obviously upset that we were holding her up. We ride responsibly and in another couple of seconds we would have been back over to the far right to allow traffic to pass.
According to the League of American Bicyclists, cars and bicyclists share the road. We each have responsibilities and the same laws apply to bicyclists and motorists. As bicyclists we also must obey all traffic control devices, ride in the same direction as traffic, stay to the right unless passing and use proper hand signals. Motorists are cautioned to reduce speed when encountering cyclists, not tailgate, give the appropriate right of way, do not blast their horn in close proximity to cyclists, look for cyclists when opening doors, and when passing, leave four feet between the car and the cyclist. They stated that motorists should especially be careful when around children on bikes as they are often unpredictable.
Also according to the League of American Bicyclists, approximately 600 bicylists are killed each year on U.S. roads. We really don’t want to be one of those statistics.
Granted, there are cyclists out there who also pay no attention to the rules and I do not mean to infer that it is always the motorist that is inconsiderate. I would just like everyone to be more careful and treat each other with more respect. The life you save may be that of your neighbor.
We’re all guilty with regard to Gitmo
Ed Borden writes that Mr. Reed made a “matter of fact” allegation of torture at Guantanamo. Whether or not any prisoners at Guantanamo have been tortured is beside the point. Torture of prisoners is an important issue and should be examined and done away with, but this is not the main concern that I, or many other Americans, have with Guantanamo. These prisoners are being held without the rights that Americans believe each prisoner should have. Some have been locked in prison cells for 5 or 6 years without being charged with any crime, without access to attorneys, without the ability to speak to anyone in the outside world. If you can imagine, as a human being, what that would feel like, then I don’t think you will be surprised that they throw their feces.
If I was held for 6 years without being charged with a crime and without a hope that I would ever be released, being fed 3 meals a day would be the least of my concerns. We are holding people against their will, without proving that we have a reason to do so. Giving these people food and exercise does not make this fact any less deplorable.
When it comes to complicity in the misuse of our power in Guantanamo, we are all guilty. The line is not drawn between those in the military and civilians like myself. If each of us does not take a stand and use the power that we have, then we are as guilty as those who captured the prisoners and locked them in their cells. To criticize the actions of our military is not motivated by hatred, but love of our country. I will criticize anything that our military does which I believe does not represent the ideals of our country. Suspending the writ of habeas corpus is a prime example. Attacking citizens who criticize the military and alleging that they hate everything our military stands for is ridiculous.
We should hold our military to the highest standard, as they represent our country in war and in peace. The military stands for every person in the United States, so if we feel that we are being represented as people who don’t value personal freedom, then we have the duty to change that representation. Like it or not, suspending habeas corpus is a dirty mark on the face of America, and our military is misrepresenting what our country stands for.
I am writing in response to Mr. Ed Borden’s letter, “The Reality of GTMO.” Let me begin with this: Three cheers for Mr. Borden and his pals who help to keep America secure!! We are far safer holding terrorists and terrorist suspects there rather than here. They are NOT prisoners of war and they do NOT deserve the protections guaranteed by the United States Constitution (and, I should add, by the blood, sweat and tears of the military men and women serving this country).
I would like Mr.Borden to know that the “silent majority” in this country WANTS these people detained at “Gitmo”. Or sent home, where they most certainly would be confined in a much nastier facility than the one they are in now.
As for Abu Ghraib, there have been a number of interviews of Iraqi civilians on this subject. The great majority of them understand that, while the episode was a serious violation of the prisoners’ rights, they also know that it paled in comparison to what Saddam’s torturers did to his own people before he was removed from power. Nor did it in any way resemble the treatment-and extermination-of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. To anyone who thinks it does, I challenge them to read Night by Elie Wiesel. Then come talk to me.
Abu Ghraib was dealt with quickly and efficiently by the US military before the New York Times published their first article on it. So don’t sweat Abu Ghraib, Mr.Borden. The Iraqi people aren’t. Neither should we.
The “silent majority” does not buy into the screed of the likes of Mr. Reed. And we are very grateful for your service to this country.
$38,000 raised for Red Cross
Good news! This year’s Red Cross Fund topped $38,000 for this year, with a grand total of $460,000 donated over the past years in conjunction with the Boston Marathon. I want to thank everyone who has given this year and in the past. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many of our members support the Red Cross efforts in our community.
I just finished the marathon and ran my best time in the last five years finishing in 4 hours and 4 minutes! The weather was perfect for running and I enjoyed every minute.