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No shortage of giving back in the Adirondacks

September 8, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Every month for almost three years, in our Giving Back series, we've highlighted some of the many individual and group-led efforts to raise money for people and organizations in need. And we're proud to say there has never been a shortage of topics to cover.

The Adirondack North Country Region is blessed with many compassionate people who know that giving back to the community is not just a social and spiritual responsibility. It's the right thing to do. And they do it over and over.

The Giving Back story this week about a bicycling event to raise money for multiple sclerosis research is complemented by our Up Close article on Mac Rand, who is no stranger to giving back. He's been doing it for decades, putting his body through marathons, triathlons and creative ultrasports events to raise money for leukemia and cancer research. On Sept. 17-18, he'll be running 100 miles - 400 laps around the Olympic Speedskating Oval - during the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. His goal is $15,000. Two years ago, at age 60, he raised almost $32,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by completing two 140.6-mile Ironman triathlons in two consecutive days.

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Mac Rand finishes the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon in 2014, the day before finishing a second 140.6-mile triathlon to raise almost $32,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Like many communities, Lake Placid has found a way to incorporate fundraising into some of the village's most popular events. This past weekend's Olympic Car Show, for example, is an annual benefit for the Lake Placid Ski Club. In June, the Lake Placid Rotary Club holds its annual Dam Duck Race benefit. In July, the I Love BBQ and Music Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center. From trivia nights to spaghetti dinners, there is no shortage of citizens giving back to their communities.

Speaking of the youth center, local Masonic Lodge members this week will be helping with some needed improvements at the Shipman Center. Rotary Club members in the spring helped with local projects at the train station, St. Eustace Episcopal Church, Jewtraw Park and Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service. It goes to show that giving back doesn't always have to mean giving money. Many people - volunteer ambulance service members and firefighters especially - give back by giving their time to help others.

Furthermore, local schools require a certain number of community service credits in order for students to graduate. The Lake Placid High School goes the extra mile and asks seniors to complete a senior community service project.

Everywhere we turn -?including this week's Blue Bomber Voices column with LPCS Board President Mary Dietrich and the Lake Placid Garden Club column with member Linda Friedlander - we see volunteers giving back to their community. Thank you, all, for making this a better place to live.



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