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June 28, 2014

Canalway journey to start Monday

Tonawanda News — For the second consecutive year, two individuals will launch a cycling trip along the Erie Canal to raise awareness for those with disabilities. 

John Robinson and Doug Hamlin, who both have disabilities themselves and run the Central New York business, Our Ability, will launch a 350-mile journey over 12 days from Tonawanda to Albany to raise funding for disability programs, namely adaptive sports, education and employment support. 

Robinson, a well-known entrepreneur, motivational speaker and advocate for people with disabilities will leave at 9 a.m. Monday from Niawanda Park, with a large send-off. Robinson was born without hands and feet and will use a retrofitted bicycle. 

The ride, called "Along the Erie Canal II," will follow the Erie Canalway Trail, with Robinson and Hamlin also using it to raise awareness for the feats that people with disabilities can accomplish. 

NYSARC, a non-profit organization that supports people with intellectual and other development disabilities, is supporting the ride along with its local chapters, including the Erie County Heritage Centers and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara that will include a ceremony as both men begin the trip. Individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, their families and several local politicians, will be on hand for the send-off.

The send-off will begin at the band shell in the City of Tonawanda, while the general public is also encouraged to attend. 

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