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‘A Day For Margaret’ benefit planned for Saturday

“A Day for Margaret” Walk, Run and Ride benefit is planned for Saturday at the Middleburg Ballpark to support the family of Margaret Shields, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.

Shields Margaret-benefit

A benefit for cancer patient Margaret Shields, center, is planned for Saturday at the Middleburg Ballpark.

A 43-mile bike ride is part of the activities, and takes participants through Zanesfield and Rushsylvania. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and bicycles leave the ballpark at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $20 per person.

Cyclists will have two water/fruit stations on their route: Rushsylvania Church of Christ (Rob and Margaret Shield’s church), and at the Zanesfield ballpark offered by the Harper Church.

The bicycle route also will go by the Shields’ house and each rider will be stopping to place a purple ribbon on an angel silhouette in the yard.

A 5K walk or run leaves the ballpark at 9 a.m. through Middleburg and the surrounding area.

A meal will be served afterward to all participants consisting of pulled pork, coleslaw, chips, dessert and a drink. Take lawn chairs.

In lieu of prizes, all proceeds will benefit the family. Donations may be made to the “Shields Family Fund.”

This event was put together through an idea of two of Mr. Shields’ co-workers and other friends.

A 1979 Benjamin Logan High School graduate, Mrs. Shields was a previous employee at the county title office, and several local organizations are helping with this event. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office will be leading the bicyclists out of town, the County Engineer’s office has agreed to sweep the intersections prior to the event and Allen Township Fire Department will be on hand to assist with any potential medical needs.

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