‘Classified Terminally Ill’ Author To Speak Saturday In Fulton

Local writers Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate

Local writers Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate

FULTON, NY – Local writers Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate, co-authors of Craig’s autobiography, “Classified Terminally Ill: My Story of Beating the Odds,” will be speaking at a ‘call for writers’ kickoff event on September 13 at 1 p.m. under the Bullhead Point Pavilion, Route 3.

Craig will be discussing his connection to the playground at Hulett Park, known as the “C.V. Abbott Memorial Playground,” named after him when he was a baby and not expected to survive.

Local writers Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate
Local writers Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate

The book chronicles Craig’s life from his birth to the present day as an author and public speaker.

As an infant, he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type-1 and was anticipated to die before the age of two.

He is now in his mid-20s.

The Friends of Fulton Parks is hosting this ‘call for writers’ to author a portion of their upcoming book about Fulton’s city parks.

The book will be filled with stories including that of C.V. Abbott, as well as residents’ answers to the question ‘Why are parks important?’

Editor Jim Farfaglia explained the purpose of the book, “Just like where we went to school or worked or gathered in faith, our city parks were a part of our growing up. Gathering people’s stories about playing at a neighborhood park, working for the city in summer recreation programs and volunteering to keep the parks looking beautiful helps Fulton continue to be a great place to live.”

“We are writing a book celebrating the parks in the past and present, to revitalize them for the future” said Friends of Fulton Parks board member Kelley Weaver.