Lauren Strong

Supporters for Lauren Thomas gathered at the Beaver Local High School track last weekend for the inaugural Giving Back Hope Festival. The event included a Walk of Awareness, baby, cornhole, jump rope and hulu hoop contests, a car show, vendors and refreshments. Thomas, who is entering her senior year at Beaver Local, suffered a stroke while at a volleyball camp on July 18 last year. She, along with her family, held the event to raise awareness of strokes and raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House and Akron Children’s Hospital.