In Canajoharie, three members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, in partnership with The LiveLikeLou Foundation, volunteered to do yard work for a family affected by ALS, a fatal disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The fraternity brothers — Mark Nicolella, Nathaniel Fisher and Patrick Pipino — traveled from around the state to do yard work for Canajoharie residents Dale and Jill Erhardt. Dale was diagnosed with ALS several years ago. The volunteers spent several hours trimming weeds, cleaning up around the property and rebuilding a rock wall. The LiveLikeLou Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of ALS patients around the country and regularly partners with the fraternity. Gehrig, the famous New York Yankees first baseman, was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He died in 1941 at the age of 37 of the disease that now bears his name. For more information on the LiveLikeLou Foundation, visit https://livelikelou.org/.
In Cobleskill, Make-A-Wish North East New York provided a great day of fun, and a swimming pool, to a local girl suffering from a nervous system disorder and cerebral palsy. It was the first such wish granted by the local Make-A-Wish organization since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. The granted wish for 15-year-old Cheyenne Lindsey included a day of shopping and a visit to an animal park, which took place as volunteers secretly set up the pool in her family’s yard. Volunteers James Cole and Ray Gawlak served as the wish granters. Make-A-Wish helps provide hope, strength and joy to children with critical medical conditions by granting them wishes. For more information on Make-A-Wish, visit https://neny.wish.org.
In Schenectady, the Goose Hill Neighborhood Association recently helped protect residents from the coronavirus by giving out free masks and hand sanitizer. The packages of five cloth masks were donated by Schenectady County and District 1 representative Rich Ruzzo. Hand sanitizer was donated by state Assemblyman Phil Steck.
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