Champions Against Cancer helps families ease stress

Howard County Times

The local charity Champions Against Cancer will hold its Fourth Annual Golf Classic and Tennis Tournament, Friday, Sept. 28, at Turf Valley Golf Course.

New this year is a women’s doubles round-robin tennis tournament. The funds that are raised from this event will support children in our area who have a parent or full-time caregiver with cancer.Champions Against Cancer was formed to honor local resident John Champion who lost a 10-month battle with cancer, leaving behind a wife and two children.

To ensure that John’s life was not forgotten, friend Doug Silverstein and former Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab colleague Tim Finkelston formed the foundation along with John’s family. Recognizing the hardships that children often face when a parent is battling cancer, the group decided that itsmission would be to help children “maintain a sense of normalcy through the chaos” of a parent’s illness.

The foundation offers college scholarships to high school seniors and monetary awards to help families pay medical bills. With its “Sundays at the Park” program, families who have a parent suffering from cancer can receive tickets to an Orioles baseball game, plus a parking pass and money for refreshments. While at the ballpark, it is hoped the family can enjoy a break from the stress of medical treatments. To register for the event or make a donation, go to

Local restaurant Lib’s Grill will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Carnival Eats” on The Cooking Channel. Tune in on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 9 p.m., to see Chef Dan Chaustit prepare the Lib’s Grill Baltimore Club Sandwich in the Fight Club Sandwich episode.

Have you set a fitness goal for the fall? You don’t have to go far for help or inspiration. Fitness Boot Camp kicks off on Tues., Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., on the plaza at Clarksville Commons. Local personal trainer Lindsay Pickett will lead this six-week course that focuses on cardio and strength training. Cost is $10 per person per class. Sign up by calling 203-979-5850 or email

If you would prefer to exercise indoors, Zumba sessions have returned to Claret Hall. The one-hour sessions, which also cost $10, are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information and to register, contact instructor Maria Leger Klementsen at 410-245-5900 or

Biking for Beer” is another option to have fun while getting fit with friends. Join the ride by meeting at the Clarksville Commons parking lot on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. to bike a portion of the Clarksville to Fort Meade bike path. Afterwards, riders are invited to hang out at the restaurant Food Plenty and receive a free Manor Hill draft beer. Riders of all experience levels are welcome.

Mark your calendar for the River Hill neighborhood yard sales on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To determine which streets are participating, look for red balloons on street signs off of Great Star Drive, Guilford Road, Route 108, Summer Sunrise Drive and Trotter Road. If you wish to take part as a seller, call Claret Hall at 410-531-1749 or email to register your street.

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