In Glenville, the public responded with donations of food, bedding, money and offers to adopt after someone dropped off two containers holding 17 cats and kittens at the Animal Protective Foundation nonprofit shelter recently. The cats and kitten were abandoned along a Schenectady street in cat carrier and a large plastic storage container and turned over to the shelter by a good Samaritan. The shelter posted a video and photos of the cats on its Facebook page, and was shortly inundated with offers from the public to help. For more information on the shelter, the abandoned cats and how to make a donation, visit the “Animal Protective Foundation” Facebook page or its website, http://www.animalprotective.org.
In Niskayuna, residents of a local school community are raising money and awareness of pancreatic cancer in memory of a local teacher who died Oct. 20, 2017, after a yearlong battle with the disease. The Birchwood Cares 5K run will be held Oct. 13 in honor of Kitty Kelly, a longtime teacher and speech therapist at Birchwood Elementary School, helping raise money for the Lustgarten Foundation. The fun will start in front of the Birchwood Elementary School and wend through the streets of the neighborhood. Registration for the 5K run is $25. The Lustgarten Foundation’s mission is to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer. For information on the race — which includes a free kids fun run —and to register to participate, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Niskayuna/BirchwoodCares5KFunRun. Registration ends Friday. For information on the Lustgarten Foundation and to donate, visit https://www.lustgarten.org.
In Clifton Park, hundreds of people turned out for a fund-raiser for the fight against pediatric cancer as part of the annual Nick’s Run to be Healed race. The https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Niskayuna/BirchwoodCares5KFunRun10th annual run is named in memory of 13-year-old Nick Cammarata, who lost his battle with leukemia in October 2008. The event, which features a race, food sales, carnival games and shirt sales, raises money for Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation. For information on the foundation and to donate, visit https://www.fighttobehealed.org.
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