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Event Offers Family Fun to Help Roswell, Paramedics
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Event Offers Family Fun to Help Roswell, Paramedics

An adult learning to ride a bike while encased in bubble wrap, a magician and a Kids’ Corner – each of these and more will be featured during an upcoming fundraiser for Ride for Roswell and the Town of Tonawanda Paramedics.

The 3rd Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Town of Tonawanda Boys and Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave. Organizer Lisa Johnson, a Town resident and cancer survivor, will begin learning how to ride a bicycle during the event so she can captain a team for Ride for Roswell in June. To ensure her safety, she will be in full protective gear – helmet, knee and elbow pads and fully bubble wrapped. Johnson invites families to take part in the game that will be played as she learns, and the grand prize will be an autographed Thurman Thomas jersey.

An American Red Cross blood drive, a Chinese auction and other raffles also will be featured.

A recent event in Johnson’s life is providing the encouragement she needs to take her first serious bike riding lesson at the age of 36. Four years after having surgery that cured her cancer in 2004, she developed secondary lymphedema, a chronic swelling in her left leg that was the result of lymph nodes being removed during surgery. After three years of being told she would have to live with her left leg being 28 percent larger than her right leg because she was “getting old,” in the fall of 2011, Lisa found help at Roswell Park, which offered a proper diagnosis and treatment regimen.

The Stick it to Cancer Blood Drive and Basket Raffle also will include a basket raffle with drawings at 6 p.m. (winners need not be present), a 50/50 split (drawing after baskets), food and entertainment. Families are welcome, and children will be entertained by a magician from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and a Kids’ Corner will feature board games and other activities.

The American Red Cross also will have its mobile unit onsite for a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m.

Admission will be $10 per person at the door, $5 for presenting blood donors and free for those 10 and younger. There will be no charge for those participating in only the blood drive. The admission price will include the first set of basket raffle tickets, a chance to win a hockey stick and photo autographed by Buffalo Sabres star Patrick Kaleta, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Additional basket auction tickets will be available for $5 per sheet or five sheets for $20.

Other larger items – including a Sabres hockey puck and photo autographed by Thomas Vanek and a Bills prize pack with autographs from Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fred Jackson – also will be raffled.

Donations currently are being accepted. To make a donation or an appointment to donate blood or for more information, contact Lisa at lisaann_johnson@yahoo.com, search for “StickIt ToCancer” on Facebook or visit http://stickittocancer.wordpress.com.

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