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BRUNSWICK, Ohio — After a record-setting fundraising year in 2021, the third annual Medina County Trike and Bike — a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research for riders ages 3-12 — has set an even more ambitious goal for 2022.

Medina County Trike and Bike will be held at 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 23) at Brunswick Middle School, 1483 Pearl Road. It is designed to both raise money for pediatric cancer research and be a fun introduction for kids to the world of fundraising, fitness and philanthropy.

“The first event was virtual, in 2020, and $26,701 was raised. In 2021, $43,810 was raised,” said Brunswick City Manager Carl DeForest. “Our goal this year is $50,000.”

DeForest said the Brunswick event’s 2021 proceeds were the most ever raised at a Trike and Bike event.

Trike and Bike is the youth-centric offshoot of the Cleveland Clinic’s VeloSano fundraising initiative supporting cancer research and its annual Bike To Cure ride.

Participants in Trike and Bike register for $15 and are asked to raise $25. DeForest said the money raised is distributed to doctors in the form of pediatric cancer research grants — an area of study representing only 4 percent of all cancer research.

Trike and Bike, DeForest said, is designed to teach kids that there are “causes bigger than their own back yard.”

“We had 100 riders last year, and we are trending to have around 85 to 100 this year,” he said.

Trike and Bike was brought to Medina County by a suggestion from Patricia Kaszar, whose 11-year-old grandson, Collin Nemet, died last year after a valiant two-year battle with brain cancer. Collin inspired the entire community with his bravery and positive attitude in the face of his disease.

“I had befriended Collin and got to know him through the Brunswick Rotary,” DeForest said, adding that since he was already familiar with the VeloSano Bike To Cure ride, Trike and Bike seemed a perfect event to bring to Brunswick.

Twelve-year-old Antonio Musto was a close friend of Collin Nemet. Antonio said Trike and Bike has taken on a far bigger meaning for him than simply raising money and riding his bike.

“(Collin) did so much, and doing this means so much to me,” Antonio said. “We can help so many people, and the more money we raise, the more people we can help.”

Antonio’s 6-year-old brother, Dominic, will be making his Trike and Bike debut this year. Dominic said he is most looking forward to riding with his friends and “dodging around because you don’t want to hit someone and get hurt.”

Antonio will also be displaying his newly discovered talent for creating balloon art — a hobby he took up with gusto after meeting a balloon artist at last year’s Trike and Bike.

The boys’ mother, Kelly Musto, said she has been impressed not only by Medina County kids’ participation in Trike and Bike, but also by their awareness of its meaning.

“They are able to say what it is for; they are that vested in it,” she said.

Along with raising money, Antonio said he has also gotten several of his friends to participate in Trike and Bike this year.

“I’m happy to see more people getting involved and to see new people,” Antonio said. “But I’m even happier to see the same people each year. Sometimes people do things for one year and don’t come back. But it is great to see everyone enjoying it and also understanding why we are doing it.”

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