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Saratoga Springs — The Saratoga Springs Lions Club is holding their annual "Because Hunger Doesn't End with the Holiday's" food drive on Saturday, January 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at four different locations throughout Saratoga Springs and Wilton. The club will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to seven different food pantries in the greater Saratoga Springs area. The club partners with the Golub and Hannaford Corporations to hold this event. The four collection locations will be at:

• Hannaford on Weibel Avenue
• Price Chopper on Railroad Place
• Market 32 by Price Chopper on Ballston Avenue
• Market 32 by Price Chopper on Route 50 (Wilton)

The donated items will be assisting the Franklin Community Center Pantry, Wilton Food Pantry, St. Clement’s Church Pantry, Saratoga EOC, New England Congregation Presbyterian Church, Salvation Army Pantry, and Shelters of Saratoga. Last year the club collected a record amount of approximately 7,500 pounds of food to support the pantries. Monetary donations of $346 were donated to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which further supports all the pantries throughout the region. 

Anyone interested in donating that is not able to visit one of the locations above, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Saratoga Springs Lions Club is a volunteer-based service organization with a mission to serve its community and support local youth, promote diabetes prevention, and promote sight and hearing conservation. To learn more about the club, visit www.saratogapsringslions.com

Published in News
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:47

Cheers Welcome for the Saratoga Stars on Ice

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Since early January, differently abled kids of all ages have been learning to skate and practicing at the Weibel Arena. On Saturday, March 17, the culmination of their hard work will be showcased in an Olympicthemed ice show. Skaters, assisted by volunteers, will demonstrate their newly acquired skills, as well as perform some fancy group footwork. Starting at 2 p.m., the public is invited free of charge to cheer on the skaters and volunteers at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink’s 30 Weibel Avenue location. Refreshments will follow the show, along with some ‘puppy love’ from area therapy dogs and service dog pups-in-training.

As an annual service project of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, the Saratoga Adaptive Ice Skating Stars Program brings together differently abled youth with volunteers and expert ice skaters, providing fun and instructional sessions.  The program runs January through March on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Ice times vary, according to the city rink’s schedule. Each year the program culminates with a themed grand finale showcasing the newly acquired ice skating skills of
 the children. Saratoga Stars is a free program and all skating and assistive equipment is provided.

“This program has helped my child build self-conafidence and independence to do other athletic activities,” says one skater’s parent.

“This program ROCKS!” says one legally blind skater.

For more information about the Saratoga Stars, contact Program Coordinator Mike Stoneback at mstoneba@nycap. rr.com or 518-879-3607. For more information about the Lions Club, visit www.saratogaspringslions.com or their Facebook page: Saratoga Adaptive Ice Skating Stars.

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WILTON – Last June, residents of Wilton and surrounding towns pulled together to raise funds for Clarkie Carroll, a 13-year-old lacrosse player who had been diagnosed in 2013 with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that only affects 250 people a year.  

Nearly 350 people gathered at McGregor Links Country Club in support of Clarkie and participated in “The Clarkie Cup,” raising nearly $40,000 as a community. 

Due to those funds and other donations raised in honor of Clarkie, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, announced this week that a Hero Fund created in honor of Clarkie Carroll will support lifesaving childhood cancer research, specifically a research grant focused on Ewing Sarcoma. About $300,000 was raised, and all of the funds are going toward research. This is the second $100,000 research grant to be awarded out of the funds raised by the Wilton community.

“It sounds cliché, but it definitely takes a village,” said Clarkie’s father, Dave Carroll. “An unfortunate circumstance led to some wonderfully generous folks and an amazing turnout at the fundraiser. We are immensely grateful – there’s so many people to thank. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be where we are now.”

After struggling with leg pain throughout his 2013 spring lacrosse season, Clarkie’s parents pushed for an MRI. It showed a mass in his upper right femur. Clarkie’s treatment involved 34 weeks of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the top half of his femur and replace it with a titanium prosthesis and donor bone. Clarkie completed treatment in May 2014 and now shows no evidence of disease.

“We stay cautiously optimistic,” said Dave Carroll. “He’s doing well, he has a metal prosthesis in his leg and needs a couple adjustments from a hardware standpoint, but he’s tougher than most. His mindset is he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He checks the box and keeps on grinding, setting goals for the day, the week, and just goes from there. I have learned a lot from him.”

Dave Carroll added that the disease is so rare and not well known that it is not a priority in national research funding. 

“It will take getting the dollars to the folks in the research labs, and on the [micro] scopes, and in the basements of the hospitals to find a cure,” he said. “It’s going to have to come from private dollars. We are humbled by Wilton’s generosity, and hopeful all the hard work does pay off. It’s amazing, but not surprising, that a community like this rallied around one of its own. And now that money is getting to the right folks, those that have the most promising work.”

This year, the “Team Clarkie St. Baldrick’s Research Grant” was awarded to Dr. Eric Sweet-Cordero, Ph.D., at Stanford University. The $100,000 grant will support Dr. Sweet-Cordero’s research project that aims to understand how a DNA mutation causes Ewing Sarcoma. He hopes that understanding this mutation will lead to better therapies for children with this cancer.

The Team Clarkie Fund was started by Dave and Shannan Carroll in honor of their son, Clarkie. Throughout treatment, Clarkie amazed everybody with his strength, positivity, sense of humor and resilience. 

 

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $176 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

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