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May 22, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 22, 2013

Walk of HOPE

TO THE EDITOR: Just a few days remain before the second-annual Walk of Hope and Spring Festival takes place at Trinity Park in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 25.

It promises to be quite a sight to see, with more than 600 people carrying umbrellas through the streets of downtown Plattsburgh.

The schedule is as follows: 8 a.m., check-in and registration; 9:15, welcome; 9:30, Walk of Hope begins (route: up Cornelia, Beekman, Broad, Margaret and Trinity Park); noon to 2 p.m., Spring Festival.

Local community support has been overwhelming with individuals and businesses becoming very creative in their fundraising efforts. Elementary children at Momot School are making and selling Cupcakes for a Cure, students at Crown Point and Plattsburgh High School are doing similar fundraising, local businesses are doing cookouts, tailgating parties, 50/50 raffles, and the list goes on. We are indeed in awe and so inspired.

We have confirmed the attendance of Dr. Merit E. Cudkowicz, chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium, an international, independent, non-profit group of more than 100 research centers in North America, Ireland and Israel who collaboratively conduct clinical research committed to finding a cure for ALS and Motor Neuron Disease. Dr. Cudkowicz will be representing MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, whose researchers are the beneficiaries of this fundraiser. She will also be available to answer any questions.

MARJORIE LONG HEATHERTON

ALS Raising HOPE Foundation Board

Plattsburgh

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Appreciate participation

TO THE EDITOR: On behalf of  March of Dimes, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to the people of the North Country who joined together to support the health of all babies.

On Saturday, May 4,  at Melissa L. Penfield Park, hundreds of North Country residents and businesses joined together for March for Babies to benefit all babies — those born healthy as well as those who need help to survive and thrive.

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