HIGH NOTES: Helping soldiers, special kids

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

Categories: Editorial, Opinion


In the Capital Region, more than 300 m e m b e rs o f law enforcement helped raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics through the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run last week. The event in the greater Capital District covered more than 100 miles in 12 counties, and included stops in Schroon Lake, Glens Falls, Mechanicville, Schenectady, East Greenbush and Albany. The local run was part of 60 regional runs taking place in New York between April and June. The run dates back more than 30 years and includes more than 6,000 law enforcement personnel from 470 agencies around the state. Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-style sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities at no cost to the athletes, their families or caregivers, according to a press release. There are 67,000 athletes and unified partners that train and compete with Special Olympics New York, the largest Special Olympics program in North America. For more information please visit specialolympicsny.org.

In Lake Placid, four participants in the recently held Lake Placid half marathon carried military packs during the event to raise money for their fellow soldiers. The four men, John Byrne, Anthony Cambareri, Dan Geraghty and Joey Gay, helped raise money for the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, which offers help with medical costs and transitioning into a career after the military to former Army Rangers. The fund also helps Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in military service. For more information on the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, visit https://www.leadthewayfund.org/.


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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