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Press Release: Walkers, Take Some Steps to Help the Share Foundation Give the Gift of Communication

Walkers, Take Some Steps to Help the Share Foundation Give the Gift of Communication

Start collecting pledges now for fundraiser to benefit children and adults with disabilities

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  August 27, 2008
Department:   Share Foundation
DARTMOUTH -- With a few steps, you can make a profound difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

On Sunday, October 19, 2008, the Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering (SHARE) Foundation is holding its largest annual fundraiser--a walk-a-thon--beginning at 9 a.m. at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus.

SHARE, a non-profit organization, raises money to support the work done at UMass Dartmouth's Center for Rehabilitation Engineering. Engineers at the Center build and adapt computers and other equipment to enable children and adults with disabilities to communicate, many for the first time. They also help clients with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), multiple sclerosis and more to lead more independent lives. The Center gives them the technology they need  to speak, turn lights on and off, operate televisions and radios, access the Internet and ring for a nurse's assistance.

SHARE relies on fundraisers and donations to keep its doors open to those who seek help. The 23rd annual Fun Walk  starts and ends at the Dion Building with parking available in lot 17. Walkers can begin any time between 9 a.m. and noon. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be ready by 8:30 a.m. and a cookout/lunch starts at 11 a.m.

Anyone who turns in $50 or more can choose either a free T-shirt or coffee mug as well as an item from SHARE's "Treasure Chest." The top 10 walkers will win valuable gift certificates to local restaurants and other establishments thanks to the generosity of local merchants. Participation also gives you entry into a raffle with more great prizes.

Rain date for this event is Sunday, October 26.

If walking is not your thing, why not roller skate or bike ride? Or, you can help out just by telling family, friends and neighbors about the event or sponsoring one of SHARE's clients who will complete the route in their wheelchairs.

To register and receive a walk packet, call (508) 999-8482 or email SHARE@umassd.edu. To learn more about SHARE's work, visit www.share.umassd.edu.





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