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Mitch’s Mission: Young cancer survivor playing it forward with UC Sheila Vilvens


Cancer survivor Mitch Stone on the sidelines back in 2009 with then UC Bearcat Travis Kelce.

There’s serious intent behind the laughter and smiles found at this playdate. “Playdate with the Bearcats” returned for a sixth year at the University of Cincinnati Recreation Center 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Money raised from the event is used to help send children to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital summer camp, at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio, for pediatric cancer and blood disease patients and survivors. The Playdate is the major fundraising vehicle for Mitch’s Mission, founded by Mitch Stone and his family. Stone, an Anderson Township resident and cancer survivor, has fond memories of Camp Joy. A camper there for five years, he said kids at all stages of cancer treatment go to Camp Joy. “They can just be a kid again and do all the stuff you would do at a regular camp,” he says. “It’s just a really neat experience. It was the highlight of my summer.” Lucy Yungblut shares similar camp memories. Also of Anderson Township, the now Nagel Middle School eighth-


Mitch Stone and his mom, Dee Stone, planned for the Playdate with the Bearcats.

grader was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia just shy of her fifth birthday, her mom Emily Yungblut says. Two-and-a-half-months later, she was cancer free, but the journey takes about two twoand-a-half-years of treatment. “I’ve been to Camp Joy every year since I was in the first grade, except one,” Lucy Yungblut says. “This year will be my eighth summer camp. I hope to be a counselor there one day. I love going to camp. I get to see my friends that I’ve made there over the years and always make new ones too.” Mitch Stone’s cancer diag-

nosis came in 2009 when he was just 11. A malignant brain tumor (primitive neuroctodermal tumor) was discovered. The experience was the greatest challenge ever for him and his family. News of the brain tumor alone was startling enough, his mom Dee Stone recalls. Learning of its malignancy delivered a punishing blow. “When they told me it was malignant, that really hit me,” she says. That was a long summer for Mitch as he underwent treatment including chemotherapy and radiation. As Mitch’s fight continued, something extraordinary happened. Through Friends of Jaclyn, a foundation that connects children with brain tumors with a sports team, he was “adopted” by the UC Bearcats football team. The athletes and their families were praying for Mitch, texting him, knitting him blankets, Dee Stone recalls. They were invested in seeing Mitch through his cancer. “I was thinking, ‘oh my goodness, we’ve got our village,’ ” Stone remembers. “They gave me a lot of supSee MITCH, Page 2A

Oakley Council wants feedback on Edwards Road Forrest Sellers

OAKLEY – The Oakley Community Council wants to hear what people would like to see along the Edwards Road corridor. A special meeting will take place from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Oakley Recreation Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. by Hyde Park Plaza. “We are going to brainstorm different types of development we would like to see come to Edwards Road,” said Stacy Lehman, board member of the Oakley Community Council. The section of Edwards under discussion extends from Hyde Park Avenue to just south of Atlantic Avenue.

According to Lehman, this is a follow-up meeting to a zoning study of Edwards completed by the city in the fall. She said city representatives suggested that council get feedback from residents on how they would like that portion of Edwards to be developed. At one point a parking garage was under discussion but that proposal was eventually rejected by the city, Lehman said. Lehman said no specific plans have been developed yet, but she said council members would like to hear ideas on how to generate more pedestrian activity in the area. She said council is also open to feedback on what type of businesses residents would prefer not to see in the area.

A number of residential homes are situated along that section of Edwards Road. Lehman said council is also trying to gauge potential parcels of property which might be available in the future. Lehman said a goal is to work with property owners who may eventually be selling and develop a plan that is of “mutual benefit” to both the seller and the community. “Obviously I’m excited to hear what the community has to say,” Lehman said. “We want (developments) that would blend in with the character and culture of the community. “Essentially, we want to look into different options.” For additional information, contact Lehman via email at


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The Oakley Community Council wants feedback from residents on what type of development they would like to see along a portion of the Edwards Road corridor extending from Hyde Park Avenue to Atlantic Avenue. A special meeting will be Feb. 16.

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