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Dozens Came Out to Raise Money For Wheelchair Ramps

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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- Dozens came out revving their engines and moving their feet to raise money for wheelchair ramps in Oswego County.

The Ride for Ramps is the major fundraiser for the ARISE Ramp Program and included a motorcycle ride and 5K run.

All the money from the event goes towards purchasing lumber and construction materials so that volunteers can build ramps for families in need.

Organizers say it's remarkable to hear about the impact from recipients.

"We built a ramp last year for a fellow whose house burned down. He left his house uninjured using the ramp we built. So I learned for the first time this week that the ramps are not only critical for helping people to get out to engage in normal community activities, they can be life saving," said Executive Director of ARISE Tom McKeown.

Since 2004, the ARISE Ramp Program has provided ramps for over 160 families across Oswego County.

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