This year’s Cancer Walk involved people of all ages. The fundraiser was organized by Tim Campbell, Head Football Coach & Cancer Walk Founder, Traci McClain, President of Ada Midget Football, Kerri Rockhill and Jennifer Dearth, Vice President of Ada Midget Football. (Photo submitted)
This year’s Cancer Walk involved people of all ages. The fundraiser was organized by Tim Campbell, Head Football Coach & Cancer Walk Founder, Traci McClain, President of Ada Midget Football, Kerri Rockhill and Jennifer Dearth, Vice President of Ada Midget Football. (Photo submitted)

By Megan Watson
ADA — Something that started three years ago as a way for a football team to give back to their community has grown into a huge annual event that not only brings the community together, but also has had an invaluable impact on the lives of many people right here in the Hardin County community.

The Ada Midget Football team and cheerleaders work year round to plan and raise money for the Cancer Walk to benefit Not By Choice outreach. The third annual fundraiser was held this past Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Ada War Memorial Park. Community members of all ages dressed in colorful tee shirts supporting different types of cancers, gathered together at the stadium to walk in honor of the fight against cancer.

Statistically, 25 people are diagnosed with cancer every minute of every day; it is only a matter of time until someone you love hears the three most frightening words of their life: “It is cancer.”


Someone who is fighting cancer doesn’t care about the statistics, the prognosis or the treatment options. Cancer fighters know deep down inside that the risk of losing their life is very real.

No amount of fundraising can extinguish the fear that cancer brings to families, but it is through the work of organizations like Not By Choice Outreach and its founders Ron and Marcia Retterer that the weight of their diagnosis can be lightened. Not By Choice outreach helps families in Hardin County as well as throughout the State of Ohio. This year’s Cancer Walk was one way way that the community could collectively join the fight.