Colton’s Heroes Benefits Scheduled for Saturday | News, sports, jobs


RICHMOND – The community shows that not all heroes wear capes as they come together Saturday to help Colton Burkey, a local teen diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.

Family and friends, along with other money-making activities, organize a drive and spaghetti benefit to help cover medical costs. Colton, the son of Jay and Barb Burkey of Steubenville, is a senior at Edison High School and recently learned of his illness. Family friend Dominic Merritt said fundraising began quickly after he first heard of Colton’s diagnosis.

“I talked to Colton’s dad and he told me the story. I said, ‘Let’s do a benefit.'” Merritt recalled. “They didn’t expect this to happen the way it did.”

He and others founded Colton’s Heroes in honor of the teen’s love of superheroes and have started planning the weekend’s themed events.

It starts with the Smash Cancer Send Off motorcycle ride at 9 a.m. at the high school, located at 9890 State Route 152 in Richmond. It’s a donation only event and the ride starts at 9:30 a.m., with members encouraged to don their best superhero gear and bring air horns, signs, cowbells and noisemakers. The bikes will be on the road until approximately 1 p.m. and the run will end at the benefit, where parking is available. Merritt said Colton might show up too.

“He loves superheroes and his family loves cycling,” he added, saying they inspired the activity planned by Angie Fox and Donna Simpson, mothers of EHS students. “We grew up together and became a family, and that’s why we put it together.”

The spaghetti dinner and benefit starts from noon to 6 p.m. at the Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department, located at 15447 State Route 152, Toronto, and includes a meal for $10 per person, a 50-50 and other drawings, a money wheel, Chinese auction and a cornhole tournament. About 30 gift cards and several baskets have been donated for the event, while registrations for the tournament are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The tournament starts at 2 p.m. and costs $40 per team, with a cash prize for first- and second-place finishers. The event is BYOB and Colton’s Heroes T-shirts, sweatshirts and drink koozies will be available.

In the meantime, donors can contribute to the @ColtonsHeroes24 PayPal account in aid of Beth Zook to help him and his family.

For more information about the benefit, contact Merritt at (740) 219-3100 or Hailey Cline at (740) 275-6921 or visit the Colton’s Heroes Benefit Facebook page. Information about the ride is available by contacting Angie Fox at (304) 218-3225, Sheila Holcomb at (740) 632-0905 or MaryBeth Zook at (740) 317-7193 or by emailing [email protected].

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