In Saratoga Springs, runners compete in the half-marathon and 5k run to raise money for mental health awareness and treatment as part of the annual Saratoga Palio Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race. The race is held in honor of Melanie O’Donnell, who died at age 33 in a 2006 auto accident. During her life, she gave helping others, including with the National Organization for Victim Assistance and the Capital Area Crisis Response Team in Washington, D.C., helping victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Money raised from the race helps support causes she cared about, in particular mental health. A foundation set up in her name, the Melanie Foundation, provides scholarships to those doing postgraduate work in the mental health field and other charitable endeavors. The 13.1-mile half marathon took place throughout Saratoga Springs, including Congress Park, the Skidmore College campus and Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information on the Melanie Foundation and how to donate, visit https://www.themelaniefoundation.com.
In Saratoga Springs, more than 750 walkers representing 60 teams helped raise $90,000 for the fight against epilepsy as part of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s annual Walk to End Epilepsy at Saratoga Spa State Park earlier this month. Among the major sponsors of the event were Fingerpaint, Saratoga Hospital, Eisai, MyFavoriteTaverns.com, Greenwich Biosciences, CEO, Collins Autism Treatment, Supernus, The UAlbany Foundation, Cantina, Pioneer Bank, News Channel13, Regeneron, The Adirondack Trust Company, CHMS, Joe and Eileen Micheli, Ellis Medicine, B95.5, 88.3 The Saint, and Morgan Stanley. All proceeds from the event support the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. For more information, call (518) 456-7501 or visit www.epilepsy.com/northeastern-new-york.
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