Amanda's Journey holding Family Fun Day
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NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- A Rensselaer County-based children's charity will be hosting a Family Fun Day this weekend to raise money for families dealing with Mitochondrial disease. All proceeds for the carnival-themed day will go to the Amanda's Journey Foundation. The charity, named after a local girl who died from the disease, raises money for children suffering from the genetic disorder which impairs the body’s ability to turn food into energy.
This year, the foundation has chosen the Doherty family of Claremont to be the fun day's guests of honor. The Doherty’s have four children, two who are diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease, and a third who is believed to have the same genetic disorder.
Organizers say events like this help families.
"What we're doing is picking people, families from our community every year at our event, and we're just going to focus in on their stories. It's important because I know when Amanda was diagnosed, I wanted to get the story out there. So it's good for the families to be able to tell their story and to get that support," said Jacqueline Perrotta, Amanda's Journey Foundation.
The Family Fun Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Snyder's Lake in North Greenbush. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
If you can't make it out but would like to help out Amanda's Journey, visit www.amandasjourney.org to learn how to make a donation.