The Falls Cares 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run will take place July 8. This is the Falls Cancer Club Inc.'s fourth annual 5K in Cuyahoga Falls. 100 percent of all funds paid by the runners/walkers go directly to Cuyahoga Falls Cancer patients that are registered with the Falls Cancer Club Inc.

The Falls Cancer Club, Inc is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization founded in 1948 in Cuyahoga Falls that assists Cuyahoga Falls cancer patients that are registered with the club. All of the members are strictly volunteers and 100 percent of monies raised by the Falls Cancer Club Inc., go directly to assist the registered patients with their doctor, hospital, prescription, nutrition and medical equipment. The club is not affiliated with any other organization such as the American Cancer Society or The United Way.

The Sommerfest will be going on the same weekend as the Falls Cares 5K. The Sommerfest is a summer version of the traditional Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest which was founded in 1979. They have teamed up with the Falls Cares 5K along with Great Lakes Fasteners & Laudan Properties to be the major sponsors for the Falls Cares 5K. Due to the construction going on with Front Street, the Oktoberfest moved the date up earlier in the summer and named it the Sommerfest.

There will be food vendors all weekend from July 7 through July 9. Yuengling and Spaten on draft for the German beer drinkers, wine and a few flavors of Bud Light, Rita's to satisfy the summer taste. German Polka bands and Tribute bands will be performing in the evenings all weekend long.

This year (as of June 8) the Falls Cares 5K sponsors are Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest/Sommerfest, Great Lakes Fasteners, Laudan Properties, Team Carpenter, Falls Heating & Cooling, Clifford - Shoemaker Funeral Home, Don Sitts, Valerie's Hair Studio, Brighton Professional/GoJo, Metropolis Pop Corn, Falls Auto Body, North Akron Fit Body, with more coming in. Any organization or company interested in sponsorship should contact Melinda Dull at 330-687-9253 immediately.

Come run/walk this fourth annual Falls Cares 5K and remember, medals are given for overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for men/women and 1st, 2nd, 3rd for specific age groups. The Kids Fun run is for kids up to age 7 and they all receive a winner's ribbon.

The Falls Cares 5K Committee invites all residents on the race route to come out and cheer on these runner/walkers that are giving back to the Cancer Patients registered with the Falls Cancer Club Inc.

Kids Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. with the 5K immediately following. The race starts and ends at First Christian Church -- corner of Stow Avenue and Second Street in the Falls.

A thank you goes out to Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, the Mayor's Office and the First Christian Church of Cuyahoga Falls, for their support to the Falls Cares 5K for the fourth year.

Register to run/walk at: fallscares5k.org or Active.com under Falls Cares 5K or contact Melinda Dull at 330-687-9253 and/or melsbterry@att.net for a paper registration form to mail in.