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Service Dog Walkathon

October 9, 2020

On Saturday, October 3, hundreds of walkers from across 15 states joined the path to bettering the world for children with autism and their families as part of BluePath Service Dogs’ fourth annual walkathon. The family-friendly fundraiser – this year held virtually – raised more than $120,000 to further BluePath’s mission of providing autism service dogs, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for independence.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every 54 children born today will develop an autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Walkathon participants had the opportunity to learn more about how the nonprofit is unlocking life’s potential for children and families touched by autism during an online kick-off event before heading out to walk in their own communities.

“Like many nonprofits, our mission must continue – even in these uncertain times,” said Tricia Zarro, BluePath’s Board Chair. “We forge ahead, safely and thoughtfully, with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers and supporters. To all those who took part in our walkathon, you have made a meaningful difference in the lives of others and we are immensely grateful.”Founded in 2016, BluePath has established a robust network of supporters throughout the country. Individuals and families serve as puppy raisers, fosters and administrative volunteers and comprise more than 95 percent of the organization’s workforce. The generosity of donors, volunteers and industry partners allows BluePath to provide its service dogs to families free of charge.

Gold Sponsors: AvalonBay Communities, Elite Carriers, The Goldfarb Makkar and Brown Family, The Neva and Howard Goldstein Family Charitable Fund, Ingersoll Auto, Suzanne Hatfield Philanthropy Fund, Team Ali

Silver Sponsors: 3 Up 3 Down Organization, Bedford PBA, CareCredit/Synchrony, City of Rye Police Association, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, G.S. Bounce, Kolmar Americas Inc., Peekskill Rotary Club, PCSB Bank, Quinn Law Firm, Regeneron RISE, Shrub Oak International School, State Farm – Ken Lemenze, Volz Auto Group

“BluePath dogs provide hope and the opportunity for the whole family to thrive,” noted the nonprofit’s President and CEO Jody Sandler. “I have witnessed firsthand the incredible connection that a service dog can have with a child on the autism spectrum. We thank all those who walk the path with us and make these life-changing connections possible.”

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