HIGH NOTES: Help for sick children, virtual walk for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers

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In Albany, Dunkin’ has donated about $30,000 to the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center through funds raised during its annual Iced Coffee Day. The Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital is a 125-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents. Dunkin’ restaurants in our area donated $1 to the hospital for every cup of frosty caffeine sold on Ice Coffee Day, which was Aug. 26. Since 2012, Dunkin’s Iced Coffee Day has generated more than $275,000 for the Bernard and Millie Duker Children’s Hospital. For more information and to donate, visit: https://www.amc.edu/patient/services/childrens_hospital/index.cfm.

In Saratoga Springs, Mackey Auto Group of Saratoga Subaru has donated $25,000 to Saratoga Hospital for its Newborn Medicine Department. Among other services, the Newborn Medicine department provides prenatal consultations for high-risk mothers, including patients with addiction issues, diabetes, expectations of pre-term labor, or showing an abnormality on their prenatal ultrasound, according to the hospital website.

In Schenectady, Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s had raised more than $89,300 toward a goal of $173,500, with nearly 250 participants on over 60 teams in Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery counties participating in a virtual walk. Unlike past years, when hundreds of participants gathered in one place for the walk, this year, individuals walked alone or in small groups with friends and family on sidewalks, tracks and trails across the region. The opening ceremony was delivered to participants’ smart phones, tablets and computers, and the iconic “Promise Garden” honoring those affected by dementia took place through a view-only format. In New York, more than 410,000 people live with the disease and more than 1 million loved ones provide unpaid care. For more information on this year’s walk and to donate, visit https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2020/NY-NortheasternNewYork?pg=entry&fr_id=13644.

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