Miracles Happen Run/Walk to raise funds for breast cancer research

Left to right is: Kathleen Stefanski (co-chair), Ned Hyland (founder of the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund), Jane Bacon (co-chair), Brendan Ring (owner of Nighttown) and Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley.

The second annual Miracles Happen 5K Run/Walk is set for Sunday, May 23 through the scenic streets of Cleveland Heights.

The event will benefit the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund, whose mission is to advance research for recurrent breast cancer -- focusing on new theories, trials and treatments aimed at managing the cancer and extending lives.

The Miracle Fund was created in memory of Diana Hyland of Shaker Heights who sadly lost her battle with the devastating disease of metastatic breast cancer on Oct. 27, 2008.

Every dollar raised goes toward research at University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center, which is dedicated to innovative treatment and promising research with the ultimate goal to cure cancer.

Registration starts at 11:15 a.m. at Nighttown restaurant, 12383 Cedar Road. The 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Family Fun Walk will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Runners and walkers will follow the route through Cleveland Heights ending back at Nighttown for the post-event gathering. Awards will be presented at 1:45 p.m. followed by light fare and brief remarks.

The entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event. Participants under the age of 14 are $10. The entry fee includes light fare, a T-shirt and a souvenir water bottle donated by University Hospitals. (T-shirts are available to the first 300 registrants.) Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall and top three in the following age groups:  12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.

Participants are encouraged to gather pledges from friends, family and coworkers. Those participants who raise $250 or more will receive a Miracles Happen lapel pin.

To register or for more information about the Run/Walk, visit HMA Promotions at www.hmapromotions.net, call 216-752-5151 or e-mail hma@hacs.net. Deadline for preregistration is May 14. Online registration is available on the University Hospitals website, http://bit.ly/9Rh7eG.

For more information about the Diana Hyland Miracle Fund, visit www.dianahylandmiraclefund.org.

Adrienne Petrella is a senior at John Carroll University and a resident of University Heights.

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