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Bikes for Tykes event a win-win

With Spring on the horizon and the hope of warmer weather, many people are probably thinking about breaking out their bikes and going on a ride but an event in Colonie is looking to highlight some safety tips while you do it.

On Saturday May 7, at the Ciccotti Center and The Crossings of Colonie will be hosting the first ever Tykes on Bikes. The event will be hosted by the National Kidney Foundation, New York State Department of Transportation and the Albany Department of Public to raise awareness of bicycle safety and raise money for patients locally suffering from Kidney and urinary diseases.

We do walks, galas and all other normal fund raising events, but we wanted something specifically made for children at Albany Medical, said Dianna Rios, events and public relations manager for the National Kidney Foundation of Northeastern New York. "100 percent of the money will stay locally."

The event initially started out as a benefit for Mellissa Daniels, a resident of Schenectady who passed away at the age of 31 at Albany Medical Center due to complications with kidney disease. Rios said she had been in contact with Daniels' parents, Jeff and Joellen Pepper, owners of CK Cycles in Colonie. They said they wanted to hold a bicycle safety awareness event in honor of their late daughter.

Jeff said that it is bike safety is important for people to know and that everyone should know how to correctly ride a bike. He added that an event that highlights both bike safety and raises money for the National Kidney Foundation is the perfect combination.

"Both are a win-win," he said. "Bike safety for kids is crazy important and Albany Medical is a wonderful place as well they [the National Kidney Foundation] are just an amazing organization and everything they need help with I try to help."

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