The Choose Joy for Melina

  First Annual Virtual 5K

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How do I register and what does it cost?

You can register for the event by clicking HERE. The cost is $30.00 per participant.


Who is the race organizer?

The Choose Joy for Melina First Annual 5k is presented by the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation.


What is the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation? 

The Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping find a cure for childhood brain cancer.  As a foundation, we are organizing the ‘The Choose Joy for Melina First Annual Virtual 5k.’ All proceeds from this event will go directly to our foundation, and we are hopeful that you will consider participating in the event. 


On May 22, 2020, the lives of the Edenfield family changed in an unimaginable way, when their youngest of three daughters, Melina Michelle Edenfield — a joyful, energetic, and brilliant little four-year-old — was diagnosed with a deadly childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Midline Glioma (DMG). Despite initial hope from the doctors that radiation treatment might extend her already limited prognosis, the tumor was one of the most aggressive the doctors had seen, and just a month and two days later — on June 24, 2020 — the tumor took sweet little Melina’s life. 


Up0n Melina’s diagnosis, we learned that childhood cancer research is severely underfunded, receiving less than 3% of all money raised for cancer research.  Less than 1% of that total goes toward pediatric brain tumor funding, equating to only $500 per child diagnosed.  Our mission is to not only raise awareness, but to further fund the necessary research efforts in hopes of saving these wonderful children.


Melina loved her family, her older sisters, Emilea and Klara, “cheeto” (cheetah) print, and during the most difficult part of her and her family’s lives, Melina never lost her zest or passion for life.  She chose joy every day, and continues to inspire us all to do the same. Please consider racing, sponsoring, or donating to the first annual ‘Choose Joy for Melina Virtual 5k’. We are dedicated to choosing joy for Melina, and we are dedicated to raising as much money as possible to further advance the research to cure pediatric brain tumors. We are greatly appreciative of your consideration. CHOOSE JOY!


Who are the sponsors for this event?

Platinum Sponsors include:  Second Sole, Rafidi, Pallante & Melewski: Attorneys at Law, York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors, Homestead Kitchen and Cocktails, Carlyn K Photography, IES Systems Inc, Westside Bowl, Holy Trinity Cleveland, Zarlenga Family Foundation, Shelly & Sands, Freshcoat Painters, Brouse McDowell, Wee Ones Pediatrics, Simon Roofing, American Portfolios, Raymond Chiropractic, Hagarty Agency Inc., Blue Sky Therapy, Kubik Tax, LLC., The Nutrition Group, Knepper Insurance Agency Inc., Banner Law LLC, Briarfield Health Care Centers, Cerni Motors, F45 Training South Loop, Studio 32, Wedgewood Pharmacy, SA Stone Wealth Management, and KJP Financial.  

Gold Sponsors include:  Kambrook Seal-Coat, Cintas, Edison Landscape and Deck Lighting, LLC, Greenwood Chevy, Sleep Medicine Therapies, LLC, Boardman Fire Department, Boardman Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #43, The Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini Foundation, Dr. Sangeetha Sethi, D.M.D., Posh Studio and Caprice Health Care Center.

Silver Sponsors include:  Valley Little Melodies, Ameriprise Financial, Morrone Marketing (LLC), R&J Trucking, Canfield Medical Supply, Roman Financial Group, Meister Foods West Side Market and Cernica Engineering, Inc. and Demidovich Family. 

Other Sponsors include:  Covelli Enterprises.


Where do I run or walk my 5k?

Anywhere!  Be creative - you can complete your 5K in your neighborhood, the park, or even on a treadmill.  Run or Walk! Choose Joy!


How long do I have to submit my time?

You may submit your time between the dates of October 4th and October 31st.


How do I submit my time?

Simply submit your time to and he will upload it for you.  If you run a faster 5K time at any point thereafter, you may resubmit your time to be updated.  


Do I need to submit proof of my time?

No.  This virtual event is honor-based.  We hope that everyone is truthful when submitting times, although we will monitor times as they are uploaded.  


Are there awards?

We are not offering overall or age group awards.  However, all profits from your race registration and/or donation will be donated to the Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation to help find a cure for child brain cancer by “Choosing Joy for Melina.”


Are you accepting donations?

Yes we are.  Thank you for your interest in supporting the Melina Michelle Edenfied Foundation. You may make a donation during your registration or by clicking HERE.


Who are the proceeds benefiting?

Proceeds will benefit the Melina Michelle Edenfied Foundation to support finding a cure for childhood brain cancer. You can read more about this non-profit organization by clicking HERE.


How can I view the results?

Results will begin to upload on October 4th and will update each day through October 31st, 2020.  You will be able to view results by clicking HERE  beginning on October 4th. 


Thank you for your support.  For questions or concerns please contact

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