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July 31, 2014

NYSID Puts Its Best Foot Forward

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:58 pm

Through its community outreach, NYSID contributes funds to numerous member agency and other non-profit events throughout the year, and has recently pledged its support to Team QCP for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2.

Celebrating its 65th anniversary year, Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) makes a difference in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. The agency provides services for people of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly, and for all aspects of life, providing: a place to live and work, health care, hygiene and life skills training, education, therapy, vocational training and recreation.

More than 1,500 people receive ongoing services from QCP, including: education, therapy, job training and placement, day programs, advocacy, service coordination, housing, and many other support services to help people with developmental disabilities lead fuller lives.

Jennifer Lawrence, NYSID’s corporate communications manager, has joined Team QCP to honor the memory of her husband and to put “her best foot forward,” as she says, for the people she serves in her work with NYSID.

Thousands of New York City Marathon participants run on behalf of charitable causes, such as Team QCP. Jennifer quips that these runners put their “heart and sole” into completing the race.

To watch Jennifer’s video and the videos of her fellow Team QCP members, or to support Jennifer and Team QCP, visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamQCPNYC2014/fundraiser/jenniferlawrence2.

In addition to the New York City Marathon, NYSID also sponsors the Damon Runyon 5k Walk/Run in the Bronx through Team NYSID Strikes Out Cancer.

The unique cancer research fundraising run/walk uses Yankee Stadium as its course and supports the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. NYSID is a proud sponsor of the event for the fourth year in a row and joined member agencies AHRC New York City, The Osborne Association and QCP at last year’s event. Learn more at: http://www.nysid.org/success-stories/?p=539.

This year, NYSID sponsored Vincent Femia, a 29-year-old man with autism who ran the Utica Boilermaker 15k in mid July. A 2013 Joslin Outstanding Performer, Vincent works at Progress Industries as part of a vocational program offered by the Oneida-Lewis Chapter of the ARC; he ran as a member of The Arc’s Charity Bib Program. Learn more at http://www.nysid.org/success-stories/?p=728.

NYSID staff also joins thousands of breast cancer survivors, volunteers and supporters each fall for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides of Albany 5k Walk in Washington Park. NYSID is proud to participate in such an important fundraiser in the fight against breast cancer.


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