June 8 Ride for Ramps Event Helps Oswego Families

OSWEGO, NY – Motorcycle and 5K run registration is now available for the annual summer ARISE & Ride for Ramps event. The event will take place on June 8 at Fort Ontario.

In addition to the 5K run and motorcycle ride, there will also be a chicken BBQ, Rudy’s Lakeside, kids’ bike ride around the Fort, music, food, and fun family activities.

Motorcyclists and runners who register by May 15 will receive a free event T-shirt printed by Zink Shirts as well as a free lunch ticket.

New this year, local businesses also have the opportunity to proudly display their support by purchasing a mile marker sign courtesy of Precision Sign and Graphics.

Support for the program helps people in the community, like Eva, regain access to their home. At six years old, Eva had already undergone nine surgeries in her battle with cancer. With another surgery scheduled, this time on her feet, Eva would need to use a wheelchair during her recovery.

The front steps of her house suddenly became a huge barrier. Her family worried about how she would safely come and go. Because of the ARISE Ramp program, volunteers were able to construct a ramp before her surgery. Now the only thing her family had to focus on was healing and recovery.

Since 2004, the ARISE Ramp Program has provided ramps for over 140 families across Oswego County. The Ride for Ramps event is the only major fundraising event for the ARISE program and all proceeds from the event are used to purchase construction materials so volunteers can build ramps for families in need.

To order a mile marker sign or learn more about the event, call Jim Karasek, ARISE Oswego manager of independent living, at 342-4088 ext 206.

Registration is available at http://rideforramps.org.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by Empower Federal Credit Union, Relph Benefit Advisors, Haylor, Freyer & Coon, and Fulton Savings Bank.

Additional support is provided by the Friends of Fort Ontario, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, NewsChannel 9, Oswego Speedway, Precision Sign and Graphics, Rudy’s Lakeside, Woodchuck Saloon, and Zink Shirts.

The 5K Run is a partnership between ARISE and the Oswego YMCA.

ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.