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Youth of the Year nominee Chloe Johnson

Chloe Johnson. Photo by Nancy Crase/CrasePhoto.

Chloe Johnson, a junior at St. Mary’s High School, has spent countless time at the MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch of the Boys &Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. She says it has felt like her second home since she was 5 years old. Johnson  is one of 12 outstanding Valley youth vying to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix Youth of the Year during the “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars” event Feb. 18. The event, which ultimately will chose one youth to represent the chapter at the statewide competition, will be held from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. For 12 years, the club provided Johnson with structure and support after school. She spent time doing art, got help with her homework and spent recreational time with friends. ” We would do our homework, then take art classes or learn about computers, but it never felt like learning. It’s also where I played basketball and developed the skills that it takes to be a champion,” Johnson says. Honing those skills at the club helped her advance at St. Mary’s High School to become an honors student and varsity athlete. She was first introduced to her love of basketball at her a club staff member. “Daniel taught me how to play basketball,” she says. “It brings so much joy into my life; I now enjoy going to my club and teaching the younger members how to play.” She still goes back to the club to volunteer. She is also involved with community service projects at her church and is on her school’s varsity basketball team. Johnson is also member of her school’s Black Student Union, Letterman’s Club and Youth for Life Culture Club. Johnson was awarded the AIA Student Athlete Award for Excellence. After high school, she wants to attend an ivy league college on athletic scholarship. She plans to pursue pre-law study so she can go to law school.  Her goal is to become a defense attorney so she can defend those who can’t defend themselves. Every year, thousands of children benefit from after-school youth development programs, extended services and community support programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix’ 12 clubhouses, dental clinic and outreach programs. For more information, visit bgcmp.org.

Erin Saltzman

Tomorrow: Nominee Kallie LaForest.


Allergy walk in Tempe

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network walk to support food allergy research and education is this Saturday, Dec. 3 at Tempe Arts Park, adjacent to the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe.

Register online at foodallergywalk.org or the day of the walk at 9am for the 10am start time. The walk will be held, rain or shine.photo by Andrew Sweeney/Flickr.com

Donation submissions: If you collect any donations offline, bring them to the walk with a completed donation submission form.

New this year: You may bring your credit card (AMEX, Master Card, Visa) to submit a secure donation at the Walk.

Restrictions: Baby strollers and wagons are welcomed but no bikes, roller skates, skate boards, pets or glass bottles.

Hundreds of Valley residents are expected to complete the three-mile walk with their families and friends to raise money for the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network . Also attending will be Canadian singer Kyle Dine, The Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Arizona Diamondbacks Baxter, ASU’s Sparky, The Phoenix Coyotes Howler, Phoenix International Raceway’s NASCAR race car, City of Mesa Councilmember Dave Richins and allergist Levente Erdos, M.D..

The event is free and will have a carnival-like atmosphere for the entire family, including clowns, face painting, balloon artists, arts and crafts, The Game Truck mobile gaming unit, P.I.R.’s NASCAR race car (you can jump into the driver’s seat and get your picture taken), The Phoenix Coyotes Slap Shot game, a bouncy house and a live DJ.

For more info visit foodallergywalk.org or contact walktempe@foodallergy.org

Run (or walk) to fight children’s cancer

Olivia Baumgardner.

Grand Canyon University is hosting the inaugural Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Olivia Baumgardner, a 4-year-old who was diagnosed in October 2010 and is currently undergoing treatment, will start the race.

Grand Canyon University is hosting the 10K/5K run and cancer survivors’ walk to increase awareness of children’s cancer and raise funds for Tempe-based Children’s Cancer Network, which provides support for Arizona children and families dealing with childhood cancer.

The run will take place from 7 a.m. to noon at Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Family-friendly activities will include face painting, music and appearances from local professional sports team mascots.

Take advantage of early registration discounts by signing up today. Fees for the 10K run are $30 through today, $35 tomorrow through Oct 14 and $40 the day of the event. Fees for the 5K run are $25 through today, $30 tomorrow through Oct 14 and $35 the day of the event. The Cancer Survivors’ Walk is free, and family and friends of survivors are encouraged to participate.

Participants will receive an official race T-shirt, goodie bag and refreshments, and the first 500 people to register will receive race day performance socks.

Last year, an estimated 350 Arizona children were diagnosed with cancer.

“Gas and food are two of the highest needs families in Arizona have in dealing with childhood cancer,” says Patti Luttrell, founder of the Children’s Cancer Network. “Daily trips to and from the hospital for weeks or months takes a financial toll on families.”

The organization dispersed more than $25,000 in gas cards in 2010.

Sponsors of the event include Bank of America, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns. For information on registration and volunteer opportunities, call 602-639-7286 or visit runtofightcancer.com.

About Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a private Christian University founded in 1949 and regionally accredited. It emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in six colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Find Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. gcu.edu.

About Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer and strives to increase awareness of pediatric cancer research and the need to find a cure for cancer. childrenscancernetwork.org.

Mall Walk to benefit DrugFreeAz.com

Mall Walk 2011 will take place Saturday, Sept. 10 at Scottsdale Fashion Square. ABC15 anchor Katie Raml will lead the walk to support prevention and education programs offered by the nonprofit organization DrugFreeAz.org.

The first 350 adults to register will receive two tickets (while supplies last) to the Sept. 10 Arizona Diamondbacks vs the San Diego Padres 2001 World Championship Team Reunion game.

Register online through noon on Friday, Sept. 9. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the walk beginning at 9.

The walk is just under two miles and will take about 45 minutes for most walkers to complete. The event is open to all ages but children under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian registered to walk with them.

Participation fees are $25 per person for ages 18 and up, $15 per person for ages 5-17.

Here’s what the event looked like last year: