Journey Along the Erie Canal and Capital Celebration!

Lexington recently participated in a couple of really exciting events that helped spread awareness of not only disabilities, but perhaps more importantly, ABILITIES. The first was a bike ride along the Erie Canal. A group from Lexington joined other local NYSARC chapters in supporting John Robinson and Doug Hamlin of Our Ability in their amazing bike ride along the Erie Canal. While John and Doug rode the entire length of the Canal over the course of several days, our folks rode with them for 18 miles from Amsterdam to Schenectady. Those who participated had an incredible time and were so thrilled to be part of such a momentous occasion. You can read more about the incredible and inspiring story behind John and Doug's ride by clicking here.

The riders from Lexington pose with Mojo from the Amsterdam Mohawks before taking off.

The riders from Lexington pose with Mojo from the Amsterdam Mohawks before taking off.

John Robinson and Doug Hamlin receive a flag to commemorate this leg of their journey.

John Robinson and Doug Hamlin receive a flag to commemorate this leg of their journey.

Patrick, Zack and Wally are off!!!

Patrick, Zack and Wally are off!!!

Some fans from Lexington came to cheer on the riders!

Some fans from Lexington came to cheer on the riders!

After the ride, Patrick and Zack got to meet Doug Hamlin at the celebratory barbeque.

After the ride, Patrick and Zack got to meet Doug Hamlin at the celebratory barbeque.

The next day was the 65th anniversary of NYSARC, our state parent organization, and a big group of Lexington delegates joined hundreds of people from chapters all over the state in a march from the Corning Preserve to the steps of our State Capital Building in Albany. The march culminated in a moving flag ceremony where every state chapter was represented. You can read more about the event and watch a video by clicking here.

Patrick and Victor got to carry Lexington's chapter flags to the Capital.

Patrick and Victor got to carry Lexington's chapter flags to the Capital.

A few of the Lexington gang marching up State Street hill.

A few of the Lexington gang marching up State Street hill.

Flame's own Michelle King sang the National Anthem at the ceremony.

Flame's own Michelle King sang the National Anthem at the ceremony.

Here's Victor with Lexington's flag!

Here's Victor with Lexington's flag!

After the ceremony on the steps of the Capital, everyone went back to the Corning Preserve for a picnic lunch and an awesome performance by Flame!

After the ceremony on the steps of the Capital, everyone went back to the Corning Preserve for a picnic lunch and an awesome performance by Flame!

It was an amazing couple of days  and we were so proud to help spread awareness about developmental disabilities. Check out this video on News 10's page...our own Patrick Foote was interviewed!