Fundraiser honors memory of 6-year-old with brain tumor

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A Lawrenceville couple has founded a new foundation and fundraising event in memory of their 6-year-old son, who died from a brain tumor in September.

Tommy's Treasure Sale, a fundraiser for the Tommy Peterson's Heroes Like Me Foundation, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of the Ground Round restaurant at the corner of U.S. Highway 78 and Ga. Highway 124 in Snellville.

The foundation will help support the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where Tommy received treatment, said parents Jeff and Robin Peterson.

Tommy's Treasure Sale will offer an assortment of donated items, food from Ground Round and activities for visitors. For more information about the sale, e-mail Robin Peterson at rlpeterson_rdld@comcast.net. For more information about Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, visit www.choa.org.

Scouts busy with clean-up efforts

Groups from local scout troops have been busy helping out over at the new Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage

Center in Buford.

Boy Scouts from Troop 500 helped pick up debris along some of the eight miles of trails at the new nature center last month. The center, located near the Mall of Georgia, opened Sept. 30, and the scouts helped clean the facility up for the big day. The boy scouts walked the trails, moving downed limbs aside and filling several large trash bags with preconstruction debris.

Girl Scouts from Troop 1687 participated in the Rivers Alive Cleanup event at Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center earlier this month. The troop spent three hours cleaning up trash along Mall of Georgia Boulevard and in the nearby brush. The girls also learned a bit about the environment while visiting the education stations set up by the nature center.

Group collecting used computers

If you have lots of old computer equipment lying around the house, put it to good use this weekend. Hands On Atlanta will hold its first Recycling E-Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hands On Atlanta building, 600 Means St. in Atlanta. Individuals and businesses can bring discarded computers and computer accessories - in working or non-working condition - on the first Saturday of each month through March. The equipment will be donated to families in need. For more information, call Theron Boykin at 404-979-2832 or visit www.handsonatlanta.org.

Group raising money to build Asian school

The Atlanta chapter of Room to Read, a nonprofit group that helps establish schools and libraries in developing countries, will hold a fundraiser Thursday to raise money to build a school in Asia. The kickoff for Project Build 2006 will be held at the Atlanta International School, 2890 North Fulton Drive in Buckhead, and will include a silent auction, appetizers, music and drinks. For more information, visit www.roomtoread.org.

Groups collecting baby items

UPS and HomeAid Atlanta will collect essential baby items for local homeless babies and toddlers at today's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. As part of the Essentials for Young Lives Drive, the groups will collect new diapers, baby wipes, baby food, formula, infant laundry powder and other baby products. You can donate items at the UPS package cars parked in the Speedway parking lot and infield. For more information, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org.

Food allergy walk set for Saturday

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network will hold Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure Saturday at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.foodallergy.org.

Lymphoma fundraiser to be held in Atlanta

The fourth annual Lymphomathon 5K Walk, a fundraiser for Georgia's chapter of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at Atlantic Station, 171 17th St. in Atlanta. Registration starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 1-800-235-6848 or visit www.lymphomathon.org.