In Saratoga Springs, more than 500 cyclists representing 81 chapters of JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) raised $1.5 million in the fight against diabetes. More than just a fund-raiser, the Ride to Cure Diabetes brings riders from all over the world to make friends and share in the camaraderie of working for such a worthy cause. Riders choose a fundraising packages and set their own mileage goals, receiving assistance from ride coaches, fundraising experts and other volunteers. Riders could choose to bike 25, 60 or 100 miles around the Saratoga Springs area. Thirty local riders from the Northeaster New York chapter raised $112,000 for the cause. Funds from the runs -- of which there are six around the country this year -- will go toward fighting Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. For more information on JDRF and to donate, visit www.jdrf.org.
In Schenectady, about 150 cyclists, activists and supporters helped raise money for efforts to end AIDS and homelessness as part the seventh annual BRAKING AIDS Ride. Schenectady was one of the stops along a 300-mile route that took cyclists from Cooperstown to New York City earlier this month. Each participant must pay a $95 registration fee and raise at least $3,500. Last year, the average rider raised $7,000. The goal of the effort is to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020 in the entire country by 2025. Since 2012, the ride has raised more than $1.7 million for Housing Works.
In Saratoga Springs, hundreds of “strollers” participated in efforts to help people suffering from epilepsy and their families in 22 counties — including the Capital Region, North Country, and Upper Hudson Valley — through the 10th Anniversary Walk for Epilepsy at Saratoga Spa State Park. In the past nine years, the event has raised more than $500,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.
In Burnt Hills, volunteers for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Business & Professional Association helped pick thousands of apples that will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The apple-picking event was held at Knight Orchards in Burnt Hills, where volunteers picked 31 crates of gala apples. For more information on the regional food bank and to make a donation, visit https://regionalfoodbank.net.
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