Setting The Stage For The 2017 Run/Walk

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Kiwanis President Jeff Stone provides a check from the Manhasset Port Washington Chapter of Kiwanis Internation supporting the 2017 Helen’s Walk/ Run.
Kiwanis President Jeff Stone provides a check from the Manhasset Port Washington Chapter of Kiwanis Internation supporting the 2017 Helen’s Walk/ Run.

The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) a Kick off Breakfast on Jan. 27 at the center’s headquarters in Sands Point. The breakfast showed a video of a former HKNC student who has done several Ironman competitions. Marina Carroll, development office for the HKNC, spoke about what is going on at the center and the upcoming April 23 run/walk. An interpreter stood by and signed the entire presentation.

Special guest speaker Sara Siskind, founder of Hands on Healthy and a certified nutritional health counselor, spoke next and shared tips on making healthy lifestyle choices to make you feel your best every day.

The annual Helen’s Run/Walk 2017 which takes place on April 23 has been a regular fundraiser for the center since 1994, when it was a walk only and had about 100 participants. In 2013, a run component was added to attract those who enjoyed a good 3.1 mile run on a Sunday morning and has grown considerably. Last year was the best attended event ever.

The 5K/3.1 mile course will be officially timed by Start To Finish. The route begins in the Sands Point Preserve at 9:30 a.m. sharp (registration is from 7:45 to 9 a.m.) The finish line is on the HKNC campus where there will be refreshments, an awards ceremony and an opportunity to see many of the latest adaptive technology devices and other training tools that help to level the playing field for people who are deaf-blind.

For additional information and online registration, go to www.helensrunwalk.kintera.org or contact Marina Carroll at 516-833-8310.

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community newspaper" several years in a row.

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