The past several years (nine, in fact) I have been privileged to attend the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
The cruise started as a fundraiser for cancer research while Stefanie Spielman battled her cancer. After her death, her husband, Chris, and his family remained the face of the cruise. A few years ago, Chris stepped away from the cruise so that he could focus on the Stefanie Spielman Center, his family and his career.
When Urban Meyer became Ohio State University football coach, he and his wife, Shelley, surprised us on the cruise. They were so impressed with our enthusiasm and fundraising that they agreed to take over for Chris. They started the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund for Cancer Research and we continued our efforts.
It is an honor to volunteer for such a worthwhile cause. We have watched our fundraising increase to where $2.5 million was raised for cancer research this past year. To see the level of commitment of the former players is heartwarming. I'm sure Woody Hayes would be proud as they continue his tradition of paying it forward.
Doctors from the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital also were on board. Their commitment gives us all hope.
The doctors give talks with updates. They talk with the "cruisers." What we have learned is encouraging.
Each year, the James selects a piece of equipment it could use or needs to update. Our Fund-A-Need drive has been successful in obtaining the equipment on a regular basis. This program allows those who go on the cruise to contribute whatever they can to help with the purchase. All contributors are recognized with a plaque that hangs near the equipment.
This year, our opening program honored our cancer survivors on board. There were 400 survivors who walked on the stage and through the players' tunnel. It was an emotional moment for all -- one that I will never forget!
We have SCOR members who volunteer at our local Cancer Thrift Shop. Our fall fashion show also benefits the Thrift Shop. All of the outfits we model were purchased there.
All these efforts to find a cure make me proud to be a member of the Reynoldsburg and central Ohio communities -- and to be a Buckeye!
Here's what's happening at SCOR.
* Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m.: a presentation by attorney James Hardgroveon "Surviving Spouse's Rights in an Estate."
* Saturday, May 20, from 11 to 1 p.m.: Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) volunteer Alan Meisterman will be available to answer questions regarding Medicare and/or supplemental insurance. Call the office to schedule a 30-minute appointment.
* Monday, May 22, at 11 a.m.: We will attend the grand opening of Wesley Woods in New Albany. Contact the office to reserve your spot.
* Tuesday, May 23: Sandra Dillon from World of Travel will make travel presentations at 2 p.m. about a Southeast Asia voyage, at 2:30 p.m. about the new Panama Canal; and at 3 p.m. about a Smoky Mountain Christmas.
* Wednesday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to noon: SCOR has scheduled its annual Senior Health Day. This year has an international theme with lots of vendors, lots of information and lots of prizes.
* May 26: Food and Flicks monthly visit to a local theater to see a movie with lunch on your own. We leave at 11 a.m.
* May 31: We leave at 9 a.m. for a ZipZone Canopy Tour at Camp Mary Orton. The cost is $58.Contact the office for additional details and to check availability.
* SCOR will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.
Debbie Mullarkey is a Reynoldsburg resident, a retired teacher and a longtime member of the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg.