Jonathan Carey Foundation to hold benefit walk

The second Jonathan Carey Foundation Walk to help vulnerable children will take place on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Bethlehem Town Park.

Registration will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Elm Avenue park, and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Pledge sheets can be found on-line at www.jonathancareyfoundation.org, or at the Jonathan Carey Foundation, 90 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.

There will be food and refreshments available at the rear pavilion from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. after the 2.5-mile walk. There also will be special guest speakers and raffles, including a drawing for a flat-screen TV, during the event. Michael Carey, Jonathan's father, said he will be selling raffle tickets for $5 each and five tickets for $20.

The money will come into the foundation, and part of the money will also go to a number of other good organizations, Carey said. "We also use some of the money for public advocacy campaigns."

Carey and his wife, Lisa, became political activists who lobbied the state legislature to pass Jonathan's Law following the death of their autistic son. The law requires records concerning the care of disabled children be made available to the parents and was unanimously passed by the legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer on May 5, 2007.

Jonathan died while in the care of the O.D. Heck Development Center in Schenectady after he was moved there when the Careys suspected he was being abused at the Anderson School in Dutchess County. The family was denied access to Jonathan's records at the Anderson School.

Carey said his work with the foundation is separate from his political activism. He lobbies the legislature as Jonathan's father, Carey said, but runs the foundation as a not-for-profit to raise awareness and to advocate for the most vulnerable of children " the developmentally disabled, the orphaned, the abandoned and the abused.

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