October 21, 2018. A few members of the NYC NYSTEC team and their families braved cooler temps and windy conditions to participate in the 10th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS Fundraiser at the Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland, NY. The charity walk attracted about 2,000 participants and started at 11 am following a brief family oriented ceremony that included dedications from local civic leaders, a performance dance, face painting, music, mascots, refreshments, and other fun & games.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The Walk to Defeat ALS® is an outlet for communities across the nation to demonstrate their concern for and the urgent need to find the cure for ALS while providing the best care for those who are currently battling the disease.
As a direct result of the this year’s event and the first nine walks, critical services are now available in the Hudson Valley region to ALS patients (PALS) and their caregivers. Local services include a patient/nurse coordinator and a social worker who make home and hospital visits, coordinates with Hospice and holds monthly support meetings for PALS and their caregivers.
September 30, 2018. NYSTECers and their families participated in fun-filled events such as the three-legged race, tug of war, dizzy bat, and a water balloon toss, all to benefit Special Olympics New York.
Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics New York (SONY), is the largest program in the United States and nearly the largest program in the world. SONY headquarters are located in Schenectady, with offices in the Long Island, New York City, Hudson Valley, Capital, Central, Genesee and Western Regions.
NYSTEC was a listed sponsor on the website for the event and contributed over $1,600.
September 28, 2018. In what has become an annual event, several NYSTEC’ers set up shop at a Habitat for Humanity Capital District site on Delaware Street in Albany, helping clear debris, prepare walls for painting, load a truck with (lots of) excess building materials, paint trim, and prepare doors for installation.
Habitat for Humanity Capital District was founded in 1988 as an independent affiliate of Habitat International. Each Habitat affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area. Habitat for Humanity does not build homes for people, but with them as equal partners. The purpose is for Habitat homeowners to build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
The NYSTEC crew accomplished a great deal on this volunteer day, clearing the way and making preparations for contractors to perform the next construction steps, and bringing four Albany families that much closer to having homes of their own!
The American Cancer Society Red White and Blue All American Gourmet BBQ was held on July 29th at Saratoga National honoring Peter Gannon and Michael Anson. The event had an attendance of over 500 people and generated a significant amount of income for the Albany ACS foundation through live, silent actions and many raffles. The evening was capped off with fireworks to officially kick off the Summer for many.