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Run for Muscular Dystrophy

Brookhaven Family Run/Walk: The fourth annual Brookhaven Family Run/Walk for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will be held 9 a.m. Oct. 29 in the Brookhaven subdivision, 3001 Stanbury Drive, Matthews.

The event will honor 7-year-old Jake Pritchard, who is battling the disease.

All proceeds will benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and go to research for a cure for Duchenne. The event will feature a 5K run ($15), a one-mile run ($10), and a kids' runs and activities. The event has raised more than $40,000 in the last three years for research.

To learn more and register, visit www.brookhavenfamilyrun.com.

For details about PPMD visit www.parentprojectmd.org. To learn more about Jake's story, visit www.jakepritchard.com.

Charity Relay Winners

Running with the Stars: Charlotte area residents Dori Luke of Matthews and James Tiller of Mooresville ran alongside U.S. Women's Soccer stars Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan Oct. 9 as part of a charity relay at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Luke and Tiller were chosen from hundreds who submitted ways to make opportunity possible in their communities with a charitable contribution from Bank of America. Luke chose Girls on the Run and Tiller chose Children's Miracle Network. Each charity will receive $5,000.

Pen Pals Book Club

Kickoff Event: Pen Pals Book Club is a group designed to help children of incarcerated parents, fight illiteracy and prevent children from following the trend of incarceration.

Children ages 2-19 are welcome to the kickoff event 3-5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 6116 Monteith Drive. Even if you are not a child of an incarcerated parent, you are welcome to join and support your peers.

Those age 20 and older are invited to serve as mentors. For details, contact Jackie Stinson at 704-921-5849, email penpalsbookclub@yahoo.com or visit www.penpalsbookclub.org.

Hearts for Hearing

Donations Needed: The Rotary Foundation is collecting hearing aids to help with the hearing needs in third-world countries.

Hearts for Hearing has frequently partnered with the Rotary Foundation, which will go to Puerta Plata in January 2012 to help children with hearing impairment. Donate still-functioning, behind-the-ear hearing aids and all in-the-ear types through November to help the 2012 trip. Donations can be made at Hearing Solution Center, 6201 Fairview Road, Suite 200.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Regatta and Photo Run: This sailing race to support leukemia and other similar cancers will be held 10:55 a.m. Oct. 22 near Shoal Marker .4 NM WNW of Channel Marker 2. Outrigger Yacht Club on Lake Norman is the organizing authority and host, responsible for all sailing aspects of the event including the notice of race. For details, call 828-244-5577 or visit www.leukemiacup.org/nc.

Foundation for Respect Ability

Benefit Concert: The Foundation for Respect Ability will host an afternoon concert with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary at the Knight Theatre 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

Billy Jonas will perform with Peter. Proceeds will help to bring the Don't Laugh At Me program and workshops to area schools and organizations. For details, contact Diane Benson at 704-439-9798. For tickets, visit www.blumenthalarts.org or www.carolinatix.org or call 704-372-1000.

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