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SWEAT GENEROUSLY

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Walking or jogging is good for your health, but how about maybe working those muscles for the betterment of someone else? This time of year, lots of charities host events that combine exercise and philanthropy. A few of them happen this week.• The Light the Night Walk is a leisurely stroll Friday through Corporate Woods (9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Building 40, Overland Park). The benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society includes a carnival that opens at 6 p.m. Later, walkers carry illuminated balloons that represent blood-cancer survivors and victims. Register at lightthenight.org/mid.• Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes combines a three-mile trek through Theis Park (Oak and 47th Street) with a health fair Saturday morning. Participants may tread solo or join a team and are encouraged to gather donations for the cause. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. See diabetes.org/stepout. • Oxygen rarely feels more awesome than when you're gulping it down on a jog. Celebrate the fact that you can still suck in that air during the third annual Kansas City Free to Breathe 5K Run and Walk, which benefits the National Lung Cancer Partnership. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Zepi's Pizza and Pub (13164 State Line in Leawood). Register for $25 at freetobreathe.com, or pay $30 at the starting line. • Prefer the sweat caused by competing auction bids? Trade Powerade for wine and hit this evening's Art for Arthritis cocktail party and art auction from 6 to 10 p.m. at Studio Dan Meiners (2500 West Pennway). Tickets cost $50, and big spenders should be prepared to bid on something created by an arthritic child and a local artist. Call 913-262-2233 or see artkc.kintera.org.— Crystal K. Wiebe
Fri., Sept. 24, 6 p.m., 2010

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