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4 wheeling helps with the healing process

"If you were athletic, you might miss a season or two," he said. "You lose the adrenaline rush."

He said riding on the machine lets you get that rush back.

"Even if you were a team player, you can get that rush from you and the machine," he said. "It's a release."

Tom takes the kids on a Polaris Razor side-by-side unit.

Each one costs close to $10,000. Quaglieri said he has three units, and is expecting to replace two. Each was purchased with his own money, but he said he is actively seeking sponsorship for his organization.

He said 4W4H caters to kids all around the state, and will make the effort to come to doctors and hospitals rather than make the child or family travel.

Tom said the Trail Riders Expo, at the Indian Lookout County Club, south of Amsterdam, from Thursday Aug. 20 to Sunday, Aug. 23, will provide his program with an opportunity to both raise money for 4W4H and to meet other riders who he can network with and discuss trails in areas outside on the Capital District where he can give rides when traveling.

Tom said $5 from each ticket will go to 4W4H, and he can put that toward gas, maintenance, T-shirts, hats and amenities for the kids as well as other expenses associated with the program.

Bob Ski, promoter of the Trail Riders Expo, said the program is thrilled to be a part of 4W4H charitable efforts, and is also participating in the Marines Toys for Tots program as well.

"Anything we can do for the kids," Ski said.

He said an opening ceremony featuring a demonstration by military personnel, fireworks, rides, local and regional bands and more will be available. Participants will have the opportunity to camp on site if they desire, and tickets start at $35.

"Manufacturers will be on hand with some of the vehicles," Ski said. "It's a real good time, a very family oriented event."

For information on 4W4H, call 355-4028 or 928-7679 or visit 4Wheeling4Healing.com. For information on the expo, call 1-888-OHV-EXPO or visit www.TrailRex.com

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