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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
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.
Butterfly Blaise and her family did a wonderful job as our Ambassador Family, sharing their story and how their lives have been affected by the mission of the March of Dimes.
There are so many people to thank for making this day a success. I would first like to thank Congressman Bill Owens for taking the time out of his schedule to come and support our walk. I would also like to offer a special thank you to the many volunteers who made this walk a success. This extends to our walk Planning Committee. Without the support of our community partners, who not only donated their time and food, none of this would have been possible. Our families here in the North Country are what make this walk a success every year.
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to ensure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is there for all babies.
Again, thank you for joining March of Dimes for our 75th anniversary in helping give every baby a healthy start in life.
March of Dimes