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3rd annual Journey Along the Erie Canal stops in Herkimer

Herkimer ARC members greet Journey Along the Erie Canal with signs, cheers and applause
Herkimer ARC members greet Journey Along
the Erie Canal with signs, cheers and applause

Tuesday afternoon, July 7th, Our Ability’s 3rd annual Journey Along the Erie Canal stopped at Herkimer ARC. The Journey Along the Erie Canal crosses New York along the Canalway trail.  Starting in downtown Buffalo and ending in Albany John Robinson, Doug Hamlin, and their team are biking the 360 miles to prove that there is ability in each of us. The goal is to raise local, regional and national awareness and to raise funds for Adaptive Sports, Education and Employment support for people with disabilities.  John Robinson was born a congenital amputee and his inspirational story shows cements what is possible for people with disabilities.  John is a motivational speaker and has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, schools and other organizations across the country, and around the world.  Along Doug Hamlin, a quadriplegic, and a team consisting of family and volunteers are tackling the 360 miles from Buffalo to Albany.

John and Doug are not alone on their trip.  They are joined on the ride by their families as well as other riders.  Along the way many ARC groups have joined to peddle in support.  Kevin Crosley, president/CEO of Herkimer ARC said, “The journey along the canal is a perfect example of ability in the term, “disability.”  These guys, John and Doug, are a great inspiration.  There’s no “no” in these guys.”

In 2015 the American with Disabilities Act celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Journey Along the Erie Canal raises awareness in this very special anniversary year as the Our Ability team cycles across New York State.  The Journey Along the Erie Canal is proving that people with disabilities are able to accomplish great things.  For more information go to: http://www.ourability.com/journey-erie-canal/

Doug Hamlin (left) and John Robinson (right) deliver more inspiration at Herkimer ARC
Doug Hamlin (left) and John Robinson (right)
deliver more inspiration at Herkimer ARC
Doug Hamlin peddles into Herkimer
Doug Hamlin peddles into Herkimer
John Robinson
John Robinson
The Journey Along the Erie Canal arrives in Herkimer
The Journey Along the Erie Canal arrives in Herkimer

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