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Walkathon for the disabled

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 10:30 am

David Meyers, a senior at the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, began volunteering with Vermont Adaptive, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities to ski, horseback ride and kayak, three years ago.

The Hollis Hills resident is holding a walkathon to raise money and awareness for the program on Sunday, April 21 at 10 a.m. The three-mile walk will begin in Fort Totten, where Meyers will have a booth set up, and go to the Bayside Marina and back.

Meyers has already raised $1,000 and hopes to raise more. Anyone can donate or volunteer time at vermontadaptive.org.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back to something I love,” Meyers said.

Vermont Adaptive instructors and volunteers help people with disabilities, ranging from 9-year-olds with extreme ADHD to 69-year-olds with MS, Meyers said.

Meyers has worked with 60 people, but his most memorable lesson was with John, a double-paraplegic who had lost both of his legs as well as his eyesight.

“A year later, I came back and he remembered my voice,” Meyers said.

— Laura Shepard

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