High Notes: Smoke alarms, legal help, painful disease

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Glens Falls, volunteers spend Saturday afternoon installing free smoke alarms in homes of people who can’t afford them. The Glens Falls team was among the local leaders, installing 576 alarms as part of the American Red Cross’s annual “Sound the Alarm” initiative. The goal of the program is to install 100,000 alarms nationwide by May 12. As of Monday, the Red Cross had raised more than $14.5 million toward the campaign, with more than 23,000 volunteers installing nearly 45,000 smoke alarms. For more information on how to volunteer and to donate, visit https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm..html.

In Albany, 117 donors have raised more than $6,300 toward an $18,000 goal through a GoFundMe page for Gemma Bianchi, a 29-year-old Albany woman suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a rare nerve disease that generates pain more intense than child birth or cancer in even the most routine activities. Bianchi developed her condition after spraining her ankle while running in August, and has since needed special treatment to make her pain bearable. To learn more and donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/neridronate-infusion-italy?member=1030404.

In the Capital Region, two area attorneys were recognized for giving back to their communities through their pro bono legal work. Sharon Couch DeBonis, a solo practitioner in Troy, and Amanda Rose, a solo practitioner in Mayfield, were both honored by the New York State Bar Association as part its Law Day celebration on May 1. DeBonis volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s “Attorney for a Day” program assisting first-appearance clients at Albany City Court and mentoring and teaching new attorney volunteers. Rose staffs the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s pro-se divorce clinics in Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties. 

High Notes is a Monday feature of The Gazette Opinion section spotlighting the good being done in our communities by individuals, charitable organizations, schools, colleges and businesses. Send your suggestions for High Notes to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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