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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-09-17

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A baseball park marathon by Scot and Jonah Bobo and cousin Ezra Bobo
earns funds for Team Continuum.

Dayna Elconin
Teen2Teen Staff Writer

onah Bobo, 12, did a marathon
as his bar mitzvah project
to raise money for Team
Continuum, a non-profit organization
that provides non-medical necessities
to cancer patients and their families.
However, Jonah did not run a tradition-
al marathon. Instead, he visited 26 pro-
fessional baseball parks in seven weeks
by driving across the country with his
father, Scot, and cousin Ezra Bobo.
They began in their hometown of
New York City at the end of June and
finished their journey on Aug. 17 with
a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game. They
still have four games to make their
goal of stopping at all 30 ballparks
— and they will do it before Jonah's
December bar mitzvah in Israel.
Jonah made a stop in Detroit on
Aug. 3 for a Tigers game against the
Toronto Orioles. The Tigers battled back
after trailing by five runs after the first
inning. A walk-off home run in the
ninth inning sealed the Tigers' win.
While in Detroit, Jonah had the
opportunity to reunite with some fam-
ily, including his great-grandmother
Ida Raimi, 97, of Southfield, great-
aunts Shelly Forman of Southfield and
Fay Margolis of Huntington Woods
and great-aunt and uncle, Laurie
and Michael Nosanchuk of West
Bloomfield. Jonah's mother, Denise
Raimi, traces her roots back to Detroit.
At each game, Jonah wore a Team

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Continuum T-shirt and hat and gave
out wristbands. He also was featured
on radio shows to get the word out to
as many people as possible.
"In the ballpark in Arlington, Texas,
we were on the big screen and they
had a short paragraph about what we
were doing;' Jonah said.
Jonah's neighbor Valeria Reyes, 12,
is currently battling cancer and is
involved with Team Continuum. Valeria
was Jonah's main motive to get involved
with the organization. Many of the pro-
ceeds are going toward her fight with
cancer. Jonah has raised almost $5,000
so far in his trek across America.
Through this trip, Jonah has
strengthened old bonds with friends
and family.
"I feel like we've all made stronger
connections:' Jonah said. "My cousin
feels like more of a big brother now."
Jonah, an actor for film (Zathura and
Around the Bend) and TV (30 Rock
and Royal Pains appearances and the
voice of Austin on the Nickelodeon's
Backyardigans), especially enjoyed
traveling to so many different places
around the country, along with meeting
people that were willing to help. They
kept kosher all the way, too. Il

Dayna Elconin,

17, is a senior at
Birmingham Groves
High School.

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