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Run/Walk at SUNY Oswego Supports Nation’s 2.9 Million Children Raised by Grandparents

OSWEGO – The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights today announced the first annual GRAND Run/Walk at SUNY Oswego on Sunday, October 30th.

The GRAND Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, October 30th at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center Food Court beginning at 1:00pm, rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights.

“The SUNY Oswego Jewish Student Union/Hillel will be sponsoring the first ever 5k to raise awareness about grandparents raising grandchildren,” said JSU organizer Sara Cooper. “The JSU is doing this event because we are strong believers in doing mitzvoth (good deeds).”

“In New York State, at least 250,000 children are being raised by their grandparents,” said Chief Executive Officer Jerry Wallace. “This includes thousands in the Oswego County and surrounding areas. Over the last two years, programs and services that support these grandfamilies has dwindled and we are oftentimes all they have left for information and support.”

Last year’s New York State budget cuts decimated the kinship programs across the state, cutting funding by 80% and severely increasing costs to the foster care system.

“Each semester, the JSU works to host one big community service event. We chose to put together a noncompetitive walk/run for the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights because this is an organization whose mission we feel passionate about.”

There is a $5 registration fee for the event and the first 100 participants receive a free t-shirt. Raise $50 or more and receive a free hoodie. Free parking for the event is in lots 9 and 18 on the SUNY Oswego campus.