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Board Member, Colleague Bike with Ability

An historic event in New York state for people with disabilities has an Albany Medical Center connection. Doug Hamlin, who serves on Albany Med’s Board of Directors, and John Robinson, a local entrepreneur and businessman, are spearheading “Journey Along the Erie Canal,” a 350-mile, 17-day bike ride that started June 23 in Buffalo and ends in Albany with closing ceremonies July 8.

Hamlin, a quadriplegic, Robinson, a congenital quad amputee, and their families along with 12 others are riding their bikes along the Erie Canal to raise awareness of the ability inside of all individuals, as well as to raise funds to support adaptive sports and accessibility for all New Yorkers. Participants, friends, families and volunteers will be carrying Albany Med water bottles.

The ride will be detailed in a daily blog and will be videotaped as a follow-up to the PBS documentary that tells Robinson’s life story. See: www.wmht.org/page/get-off-your-knees-the-john-robinson-story-34.html.

The group will arrive in Amsterdam July 6 about noon at Bridge Street; Rexford July 7 (time to be determined) at Aqueduct Park; and Albany July 8 at 1 p.m. at the Corning Preserve. Large crowds are expected at every stop, and volunteers are needed to help with the celebrations along the way.

For more information, visit http://info.ourability.com/Journey_Along_Erie_Canal/.


Celebrating Summer in Saratoga Springs

Albany Med is partnering with Saratoga Performing Arts Center for the third summer. So if you’re at SPAC with children, don’t miss “Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Workshops on the Lawn” to meet dancers from the New York City Ballet (July 12, 13), the National Ballet of Canada (July 18), the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (July 25) and MOMIX Botanica (Aug. 1), as well as musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra (Aug. 9, 16, 23).

Visit www.spac.org for more details.

Playing a Role in Park Playhouse

For the third summer Albany Med is playing the role of “good neighbor” by partnering with Park Playhouse in Washington Park, this year to help it celebrate its 25th anniversary. Once again, Albany Med will have 1,000 free reserved seats for employees, on July 16 and 23 for the laugh-riot “Spamalot” and on Aug. 6 and 13 for the story of the lovable ogre “Shrek.” If you didn’t win two free tickets, or if you want to purchase more, Albany Med has a special rate of $10 per ticket for seating in the center reserved section on all show nights; use the code ALBMED when ordering.

For more information, visit www.parkplayhouse.com.

Recognized by Tech Valley High School

Albany Med was named “Partner of the Month” in June by Tech Valley High School, the Rensselaer public school that has been recognized nationally for its innovation, collaboration and success.

For details, visit www.techvalleyhigh.org.