Family Fun Day around the corner and along the Cannon trail

Scott Radford (L) and his father Chris (R) invite you to the Family Fun Day.

Scott Radford (L) and his father Chris (R) invite you to the Family Fun Day.

Poker walk, run, ride offers plenty of prizes

The new Cannon Township nature trail offers lovely scenery, chances to watch wildlife, and some great views of a variety of habitats. On Saturday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the trail and Cannon Township Hall will host more than just a beautiful, handicap-accessible setting for outdoor enjoyment.

The second annual Family Fun Day Poker Walk, Run, Ride offers prizes and auction items, family fun packs for the first 100 to sign up, and the chance to win a $400 bike from Village Bike and Fitness or a $100 gift certificate from The Runnery.

The event is organized by Chris Radford. He and son Scott are teaming with the West Michigan chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Scott was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. The illness caused many changes in the lives of Scott and his family as they began their regimen of blood sugar testing many times daily and administering insulin shots. The family describes the adjusting to the effects of diabetes as a roller coaster as Scott’s body slowly stopped producing insulin.

Today Scott manages the disease with an insulin pump which is connected to an injection site. The Radford family has seen first-hand the devastating effect of the disease and decided that they need to do what they can to help find a cure for the disease. Forty new cases are diagnosed daily in the United States, and over three million people have the disease.

The Family Fun Day Poker Walk, Run, Ride is the Radford’s contribution to the cause of finding a cure. For a minimum donation of $25, participants will receive a JDRF t-shirt and one free hand of poker. As walkers, runners and riders enjoy traveling the trail, they will pick up a poker card at stops along the way. The winning hands take home prizes. Additional hands may also be purchased. In addition to the grand and
first prizes, there will be others, including gift baskets, gift certificates, food certificates, JDRF apparel, landscaping coupons and more. The first 100 family registrations also come with a free family fun pack including a sports bottle, free small pizza or breadsticks and other giveaways.

To find out more about this event, visit www.cannontwp.org or www.jdrfwestmichigan.com/ride/team info.html and select Chris Radford. Checks may be made to JDRF West Michigan Chapter, 5075 Cascade Road, Suite F, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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