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The 19th Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure presented by Northwest Ohio Ford Dealers is Sunday starting at Summit and Monroe streets in downtown Toledo. The race for a cure for breast cancer is in celebration of Ingrid Bias and in memory of Margaret "Lambie" Guyton Stout. To participate, call 419-724-CURE or sign up at Brondes Ford in Maumee today, tomorrow, or Saturday during business hours. You can also sign up on race day. Activities start at 7:30 a.m. and the race is at 9:30 a.m.
Leading up to the race were several events:
The third annual Lambie's Legacy: Cocktails for the Cure Sept. 7 in the Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion was in memory of Lambie Guyton Stout, whose birthday was that day. She founded the event three years ago, but passed away a few days before the second event, so this was a celebration of an incredible woman who touched the hearts of many, had a generous spirit, and was determined to live life to the fullest, said event chairman Nicole LeBoutillier, Lambie's Legacy Foundation chairman Laurie Avery, and Lambie's Legacy Community/Membership chairman Cindi White.
The Pink Signature Cocktail, Lambie's favorite, and a dessert table by Tout Sweet were popular. Comfort Crunch, a healthy snack created for Lambie by her mom, Priscilla Guyton Schwier, during her treatments also was tasty: Lambie turned the treat into a business and the product is still sold locally and across the country to specialty vendors.
The more than 350 guests included Mary and Fritz Wolfe, Susan and Frasier Reams, Bill and Pam Davis, Laura and David Parks, Paula and Peter Brown, Kay Foster, Melissa and George Namay, Mary Ellen Pisanelli, Rick Sabin and his mom Barbara Reed and her husband Tim Reed, and Allan Block, chairman of The Blade's parent company Block Communications Inc., and his wife, Susan. They shopped at the silent auction and the Lamb Shop of Lambie's Legacy gear and floral photos by Fred Schwier, who was like a father to Lambie.
Emcee Lissa Guyton of WTVG-TV, Channel 13, who is Lambie's sister, thanked everyone for coming. Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art, discussed the visual literacy of the Faces and Traces exhibit of 11 area breast cancer survivors and their mammograms. Dr. Robin Shermis, director of ProMedica Breast Care, reinforced the importance of mammograms to save lives.
A live auction by Pam Rose included a peony from Lambie's garden that originated from her grandmother Prudence Lamb's garden and a Labino glass piece given to Mrs. Schwier from Lambie's father, Robert Guyton, who died of cancer when Lambie was 7. Lambie died when her daughter Elizabeth Stout was 7.
Lambie's Flock -- the organizing committee -- included Leslie Chapman, Emily Conley, Andrea DeWood, Christina Kasper, Meigen McIntyre, Molly Miller Noble, Maribeth Phibbs, Mary Sabin, Meredith Sherman, and Heather Westmeyer.
The night started with more than $75,000, and more than $25,000 was netted that evening with donations still coming in. The proceeds go to Lambie's Legacy: The Margaret Lamb Stout Fund and ProMedica Toledo Hospital Breast Care's Lambogram Program that provides free mammograms for those in need.
To join Lambie's Flock at the race Sunday call 419-243-5131 or mention Lambie's Flock when signing up at the Race registration locations.
The second annual Confections for the Cure for additional funds for the Race for the Cure team, Team Andres, was Aug. 8 at the Toledo Elks Club #53. It was created by Liz Allen and Kelli Andres, a two-year survivor of breast cancer. More than 100 supporters helped raise $1,900.
Amateur bakers brought desserts, all pink in some way. Judges were Van Andres, Bill Sattler, Mark Knierim, and Rob Winkle. The Tastiest Treat winner was a mini cheesecake by breast cancer survivor Shari McCague. The Most Creative Use of Pink prize went to Gretchen Buskirk for her pink layered cake. The People's Choice went to 12-year-old Paige Valley for her neon pink cupcakes.