March 18, 2009
Skaters Raise Funds to Fight Heart Disease
Paige Hammond (left) and Grace Frasier skate to raise funds for the American Heart Association. The event was sponsored by the Oswego County Youth Advisory Council, Reality Check, and the Tobacco Free Network.
Hundreds of people turned out for the “Skate for the Heart” event held recently at the Fulton War Memorial Ice Arena. Sponsored by the Oswego County Youth Advisory Council, Reality Check, and the Tobacco Free Network, the event raised over $750 for the American Heart Association.
Participants were asked to donate $1 for skating, food, and prizes, such as sweatshirts and an I-pod Nano. Their names were written on red paper hearts that represented the more than 1,100 teens that begin smoking due to the influence of seeing the habit in movies. Three hundred black hearts were interspersed to represent those teens who will die from illnesses caused by their smoking.
Participants also wrote messages on paper leaves about how tobacco use has affected their lives. These personal stories were taken to Albany and placed on the “Tree Of Hope” as part of a March 3 event to educate state lawmakers.
The Oswego County Youth Advisory Council also sold paper hearts as a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. For more information on the Youth Advisory Council, contact the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.
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