Veteran’s March for Diabetes, Cell Phone Donations & Heroes Honored

Bob Mandera

By: Paula Green 

         The 36th annual Veteran’s March for Diabetes will be held on Oct. 11-13.  The 100-mile walk will kick-off in Erie and finish in Pittsburgh.

CellPhones for Soldiers

  Since its inception, over 2 million dollars has been raised for diabetes research.

         “Twenty-five percent of our veterans have diabetes and so our 

march goes on for a cure for all of those inflicted with this disease.  The team will be escorted across the finish line at the McKnight Post Office, for the 28th year by the color guard from West View Post #2754,” said Bob Mandera, VFW Dept., of Penna., diabetes chairman.

         Mandera is a McCandless resident who has marched in 25 of the walks.  “We are trying to spread the word in the Pittsburgh area regarding our annual walk.  There are over one million people with diabetes in Pennsylvania alone,” he added.

         This year’s march is being dedicated to Jim Bruder of Post #1810 who suffers with this disease.  Walkers include – Russ Canevari, Pete Krenisky, Scott McKenzie, Len Colazzi, Cecil Dennis, Mike Boris, Nate Obringer and Dan Casciato.

          Donations for the VFW Diabetes Walk can be sent to: Erie Diabetes Walk, Attn: Bob Mandera, 8884 Royal Manor Dr., Apt. 103, Allison Park, PA  15101.

          While veterans are marching, another group is seeking donations for soldiers.  Battery Giant of Pittsburgh and nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc., are asking Pittsburgh residents to help troops by donating gently-used cellular phones.  By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, area residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home. 

         “We are always looking for new ways to support our community with socially responsible recycling.  Now Cell Phones for Soldiers expands our recycling programs, allowing us to support the community with creative recycling for cell phones, with any proceeds benefiting deployed troops with prepaid calling cards,” said Battery Giant of Pittsburgh president, Jim Logan.

           Residents can donate their phones at Battery Giant of Pittsburgh, 10 Francis Way, Cranberry Twp.  For further details, visit or

           Veterans Day is just around the corner, and in one local region, veterans will be honored for their dedication and service.  Veterans who live in Hampton, work there or are graduates of their high school are eligible to be honored during the Hampton Township School District Hampton Heroes program.  The event will be held Nov. 12, at Hampton High School.

          Since 2001, over 200 Hampton men and women have been inducted as Hampton Heroes and recognized at the Veterans Day program.  For more info, call (412) 492-6312 or (412) 492-6321.