In Ballston Lake, two parents who lost their infant son to a rare form of cancer are helping keep his memory alive while also helping families whose children are suffering from terminal or other debilitating diseases. The Brave Will Foundation, named after Tammy and Matt Hladun's son Willem, raises and donates money for facilities, services and support for patients and their families. Recently, the foundation donated $75,000 to the Journeys Program at the children's hospital at Albany Medical Center, and last year, it donated $100,000 for a resting area for families at the hospital. While there's nothing that can take away the pain and difficulty of what these families suffer, the Hladun family — through their own experiences — is helping make that struggle a bit easier to bear. For more information and to donate, visit bravewill.org.
In Schenectady, friends of a Clifton Park pastor whose car and minivan were stolen over the weekend have set up a Go Fund Me page to help replace the vehicles. Pastor Dwight Moore of the Clifton Park Assembly of God Church, had the vehicles stolen sometime before Mass last Sunday. The pastor uses the vehicles not only to get himself to church, but to ferry parishioners and perform other church functions. As of Friday evening, the page had collected about $7,000 toward its $15,000 goal, with donations ranging anywhere from $10 to $500. Visit gofundme.com/replacemoorescars for information and to donate.
In Schenectady, city police and members of the city's minority community came together for the third annual Community and Police Basketball league, an event designed to build community relations and conversations among officers and the people they serve. The League was started three years ago by Raeshelle Frasier and Rosa Rivera of Schenectady as a way to tear down the wall between officers and the citizens. This year's kick-off came in the shadow of two shootings of black men by white officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, the slaying of five Dallas police officers, and a week of racial unrest across the country. The games are held every Saturday in July, and organizers hope to eventually make it a year-round event.
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