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First Annual Walk ’N’ Roll-A-Thon Scheduled by Abilities! for October 3

Abilities! invites the public to participate in its first annual Walk ’N’ Roll-A-Thon at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3 to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Walkers and wheelchair users will follow a one-mile wheelchair accessible course that begins and ends at the JK Kids Park on the Abilities! campus, which is located at 201 I.U. Willets Road in Albertson.


Peter Hawkins, Champion Wheelchair Racer, will serve as Honorary Chair of the Abilities! Walk ’N’ Roll-A-Thon while WBLI (106.1FM) will provide entertainment. An exhibition basketball game will take place at the event, featuring the NY Wizards semi-pro team versus the NY Towers Little People team.

“We are thrilled to launch this new event. We expect the Abilities! Walk ’N’ Roll-A-Thon to become an annual community celebration where co-workers, families, and friends can gather together to recognize the advances made and the challenges that still face individuals with disabilities,” said Ed Cortez, President & CEO of Abilities!

Registration is $15/person in advance ($20 after September 26). Individuals and teams can register online at or by calling Linda Tibbals at 516-465-1595. The first 200 applicants will receive complimentary gift bags. In addition, Abilities! will hold a 50/50 raffle and award grand prizes for the top adult and child fundraisers.

Abilities! encourages the business community to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by becoming corporate sponsors. For more information, call Lauren McGowan at 516-465-1592.

All proceeds from the Walk ’N’ Roll-A-Thon will benefit Abilities! programs and services. Abilities! (formerly known as the National Center for Disability Services) is a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering adults and children with disabilities to be active, independent, and self-sufficient participants in our society.