In Gansevoort, three young girls raised more than $330 this summer selling lemonade and baked goods to help children suffering from cancer. Erin Dunne, Autumn Enright and Ashlyn Abrami, all of whom are 10 years old and start fifth grade in the same elementary school together this week, spent their summer planning a fundraiser for the Tyler DeMarco Foundation. The kids had learned about Tyler’s efforts to create private rooms for childhood cancer patients at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center and funding a cure for medulloblastoma at St. Jude Children’s Hospital. With the help of the adults in their lives, they not only prepared items to sell, they also prepared photo-story boards to tell Tyler’s story. The Tyler DeMarco Foundation was set up in honor of 9-year-old Tyler DeMarco, who was diagnosed in 2006 with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumor, at age 9. He died in February 2010. Among other planned fundraising activities is a fishing tournament in Rotterdam in October. For information on the tournament, call Denny at 518-505-5795. For more information on the Tyler DeMarco Foundation and to donate, visit: https://www.tylerdemarcofoundation.org.
In Wilton, generous donors are helping out a family and a support group for soldiers recover from a fire that destroyed an apartment and the local headquarters for Operation Adopt A Soldier. The Aug. 17 fire destroyed the Route 50 building, including donations and more than 200 packages ready to be sent to troops serving overseas. Since then, thousands of dollars have been raised. As of Sunday, a GoFundMe page had raised more than $34,000 for Abigail and Jose Gonzalez and their two children, well above the original $10,000 goal. A separate GoFundMe page to help out Operation Adopt A Soldier had raised more than $8,200 toward a $50,000 goal. To donate to the Gonzalez family, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/abigail-amp-jose-gonzalez-fire-relief-fund. To donate to Operation Adopt a Soldier, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/operation-adopt-a-soldier-fire.
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