Day of Caring' to help FitzPatrick Cancer Center

PLATTSBURGH - There's a new event slated to benefit the CVPH FitzPatrick Cancer Center, and it's one Patricia Diman is very excited about.

CancerBgone - a local organization aimed at helping lessen the suffering of those in the North Country affected by cancer - will host "A Day of Caring" Saturday, March 26, throughout the city of Plattsburgh. Diman, who founded CancerBgone last fall in memory of her uncle Seamus Loughrey, said the day will consist of several family-oriented events.

"We want this to be an amazing day of family events to benefit a wonderful cause," said the Peru woman. "We also found it extremely important to incorporate events that would allow children to be involved and to see the importance of helping the community."

The day will kick off with registration and check-in at 7:30 a.m. for "Race the Base," a one-mile run and 5-kilometer run/walk at the PARC Oval. The one-mile race will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5-kilometer race following at 9:15 a.m.

The next event to be held will be a Zumbathon at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department, 52 U.S. Oval, beginning with registration at 10 a.m. The Zumbathon - aimed toward adults - will start at 11 a.m. Four licensed ZumbAtomic instructors will host a special program for children ages 5-12, also starting at 11.

Master David Boise of Villari's will then host an all-ages karate demonstration and class from 12 to 1 p.m. in the recreation department's community room.

"This makes for a wonderful and fun experience for both adults and children," said Diman.

During that time, a skate-a-thon will be held at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center, 90 Sharron Ave., beginning with registration at 12:30 p.m. The skate-a-thon will last until 3:30 p.m. and feature music, activities, and a "one-of-a-kind laser light show."

"Jamie Reidy and Craig Worley never hesitated with their tremendous support of CancerBgone and we are excited to hold the skate-a-thon in their terrific facility," said Diman.

The day will round out with an appetizer buffet, silent auction and comedy show featuring Johnny Lampert and Moody McCarthy at Olive Ridley's, 37 Court St., beginning at 6 p.m. Musical entertainment by Ross Mafia will follow at 10 p.m.

The cost to register for daytime events or for admission to evening events at Olive Ridley's is available on-line at www.cancerbgone.net or by calling Diman at 578-4538.

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