July 25, 2014

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Teen’s charity starts in the backyard

AMHERST — A 16-year-old Amherst resident is single-handedly working to bring back a tradition that saw peak popularity in the 1960s — the backyard carnival. Talyah Bernardone of Amherst has been putting together backyard carnivals since she was only 12 and donates all proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Cleveland. The money goes to fund research and help pay the operating costs of a yearly MDA summer camp in Strongsville.

“My mother always wanted to have a backyard carnival,” Talyah said. “I thought it would be a good idea.”

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Taylah Bernadone checks out the games she will host today during a backyard carnival to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

She used tips from the MDA Web site to plan her own backyard carnival.

The fourth backyard carnival will begin at noon today with activities ranging from a ring toss to a ping-pong game with plenty of other games to keep people busy.

Tickets for each event will be 25 cents, but get cheaper when people buy in bulk. Talyah has also organized a raffle that can win patrons Lake Erie Monsters tickets, Cleveland Indians tickets or restaurant gift cards.

Talyah herself has a form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects the muscles in her arms, not allowing her to extend them all the way.

She is pushing to raise $500 during the carnival. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted.

The carnival will take place at Talyah’s home at 427 Berry Ridge Road in Amherst from noon to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday.

For more information, contact the northeast Ohio Muscular Dystrophy Assoc-iation at (440) 816-0916.

Contact Ben Norris at 329-7155 or metro@chroniclet.com.