left to right: Rose Smith; Joe Smith, Senior Center President; Kristen Gerwin of United Way in Ottawa County; Mayor Vincent Leone; and Juanita Mills-Persely, chair-person of Cupcakes for a Cure.
On May 11th the Port Clinton Senior Center held a cupcake competition to raise money for their cause, Cupcakes for a Cure. The event raised $2100 to help cancer patients. On Thursday, Aug. 8,there was a meeting at the Port Clinton Senior Center celebrating how that money will be used to help those in need.
Juanita Mills-Persely, chair-person of Cupcakes for a Cure, has a nephew, Connor, who is battling leukemia. Connor became close with another 10 year old cancer patient, Hunter. Hunter’s family was unable to visit him during his last round of chemotherapy because of the cost to drive the two hours to the hospital. In early 2012 Hunter was found to be free of cancer, yet the memory of the challenges faced by Hunter’s family remained with Mills-Persely.
The Port Clinton Senior Center made it their goal to raise money to try to make challenges such as driving to chemotherapy appointments a little easier. Cancer can be financially and physically exhausting. Time and money are wonderful gifts for people in need.
The members of the senior center wanted to see the immediate impact of their fundraising and keep the money local. “The people of the area donated the money, so the money should go back to the community,” said Mills-Persely. The money raised from Cupcakes for a Cure will be donated back to the community in the form of $50 gift cards.
Kristen Gerwin of United Way in Ottawa County announced that United Way will facilitate in the distribution of the gift cards and in setting the terms for applicants to acquire one of the gas cards. An adult in need will be eligible for a card. A child in need will be eligible for a card and their parents will be eligible for a gas card.
The Port Clinton Senior Center is accepting donations for the purchase of more gas cards for the cause. For more information about the Port Clinton Senior Center, contact 419-734-1481. To contact United Way in Ottawa County, call 419-734-6645 or dial 211.