WEST LIBERTY – The West Liberty 20th Annual Ice Cream Social was held on Saturday at the United Methodist Church. Funds were raised to help Alex Griffin, 8, who will be receiving a kidney from his mother this fall. Alex is the son of Chuck and Heather Griffin and has three brothers, Caleb, Nicholas and his twin Joe.
Alex has had health problems since birth and his kidneys are only operating at 17 percent. He is no stranger to doctors and hospitals, having been in the hospital 22 times, receiving 22 rounds of plasmapheresis, four surgeries and four chemotherapy treatments.
An a la carte menu was provided, as well as homemade ice cream, which hit the spot on the beautiful hot summer day. The Griffin family chipped in and helped serve the meals to show their appreciation to the community for their support.
Entertainment was provided by Bill Purk, Bob McPhearson and friends. Sponsors of the event were the United Methodist Church, First Church of God, Grace Chapel, Lions Club, Oak Grove Mennonite Church, United Presbyterian Church and donation of pies by the First Church of God.
The Griffin Family was surprised and touched to tears when presented with a check for $1,000 from Running4Life of Mechanicsburg. Running4Life is a non-profit organization running club who hosts 5K Run/Walk in Mechanicsburg to raise funds for children with life-threatening illnesses or diseases. The goal of the group is to raise $15,000 this year.
Running4Life will be holding the 5th annual Fearless 5K on August 19 at 10 a.m. at Goshen Park in Mechanicsburg. Pre-registration is $30 and online registration is available at runsignup.com/fearless. Mail check to Running4Life, 87 Lynn Street, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 43044. Registration on race day is $35. There will be a Kids 1 mile Fun Run and bounce houses for $15. Registration forms are available at Goshen Lanes and Pizza Alley in Mechanicsburg or Mack Wright’s dental office in Urbana.
To donate to help support Alex Griffin, send a check to the United Methodist Church, 202 West Newell St, West Liberty, Ohio 43357 and put “benefit” in the memo. Call Nancy Dowden for information at 937-465-4219. To help kids like Alex Griffin contact Kathy Durham, Running4Life at 937-207-8442, or go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/runfearless4life.
Tami Wenger is a regular contributor to this newspaper.