…Why Going to Child’s Play 8 is a MUST!
By Arthur Gonick
SARATOGA SPRINGS – There are many reasons to recommend that you go to Child's Play 8: Rockin' & Rollin' – Hosted by the Dake Foundation for Children – on Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Spa State Park.
- There are the Hosts – The Dake Foundation for Children – and its mission: This not-for-profit based in Saratoga Springs was founded to provide children with disabilities the tools they need to become as independent as possible. They provide grants to families with children with disabilities who reside within a 50 mile radius of Saratoga Springs.
- There is the Event itself – a fun evening of rock and roll at this 8th annual event at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, with live music from Grand Central Station Band and Spa City Duo. An always popular accent point is the live and silent auction concert series –where you can win the best seats in the house to the summer's hottest shows at Live Nation Concerts at SPAC. And the Smile Lounge Photo Booth New York will be on site to catch all of your fabulous snapshots.
All good reasons. But that’s not the reason you should go.
This is the reason. Abigail Radliff. The Rad Racer. The event’s featured speaker.
In her own words: “I would describe myself as an outgoing 23 year old, with cerebral palsy.” She wrote. “I live in Stillwater and have been a lifelong resident of Saratoga County. Besides riding my new bike, I like to camp with my family, participate in the Saratoga Rowing Adaptive Program and ski at Gore with adaptive equipment.
“In 2014, I became an "end-to-ender" with my dad on a tandem, completing a 360 mile, 8-day bicycle trip along the Erie Canalway Trail.” She had to ride in tandem because she lacked the proper adaptive bike to do the course solo. “But in November 2016, after applying for and receiving the proper adaptive I participated in the Dake Foundation stationary bike race.” Abigail said. She also put together a team called the “Rad Racers” and raised funds for the Dake Foundation for Children as a way of giving back.
“Also, in 2016, I graduated from HVCC in May, with an Associate's Degree in Business Marketing. And I successfully raised funds for Gore Mountain to purchase adaptive ski equipment (and was featured in news briefs and athlete profile in Adirondack Sports.)” Abigail concluded.
"I met Abigail at this past year's bike race," Event Chair Lisa Munter said, "I have to say that we are truly honored to have a young person like her represent our foundation and be our guest speaker. She shared her speech with me, and I can say that it is one of the most uplifting, encouraging, super hero testimonies I have heard in a very long time!"
Like Lisa, I too received an advance copy of Abigail’s speech. We both promised not to reveal it, but we both agree:
It will be the reason why, long after the food and drink is consumed; long after you dance and party; indeed, long after you go to the SPAC concerts with the great seats that you won in May – Abigail Radliff, her story and her speech – will be the reason why you’ll be glad you went.
The Rad Racer is the reason to go!
To purchase tickets for Child’s Play 8: Rockin’ & Rollin’ visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2893687 ; For more information, visit http://www.dakefoundation.org/