Westchester Walk To Beat ALS Has Baseball Roots
Donna and Mark Rubin own a great collectibles shop in Westchester. A passion of theirs is Westchester Walk to Defeat ALS. This year is the 10th anniversary of the walk in Westchester and it's on June 10th. Donna’s grandfather passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease 25 years ago and baseball is the passion that runs through this initiative.
Donna’s grandfather, Poppy Aaron and her father Morton Rosner attended Game 3 of the 1951 World Series at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees beat the Giants 4-2 in this Subway Series. Game 3 was a 6-2 win for the Giants in front of the home crowd. Whitey Lockman smashed a three-run homer for the Giants and Joe DiMaggio hit a two-run shot for the Bronx Bombers.
Poppy Aaron was also at the 7th game Dodger victory in 1955 at the Stadium when ‘Dem Bums’ won their only championship. This game featured a game-saving catch by Dodgers outfielder Sandy Amaros. He was in that famous photo watching the game he loved.
He was once at a double header vs. the Cardinals and they pulled the starters when they were winning 11-0 (they wanted to rest the starters for the 2nd game) and they wound up losing that game.
To help with the cause we are selling autographed versions of my book “Strike Three” in Donna’s store Met fans Nikco played for the St. Lucie Mets in the 90’s and he once held the single season steal record there. Here is their information.
American Legends, 1107 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583. The store's number is 914-725-2225
And here is a link for their ALS Walk Page:
If anybody wants to purchase my book online, just email me your order to email@example.com and Nikco and I will donate an additional 25% to the cause from now until June 10th.
Here are those links:
(Available in PDF, softcover, iPad
Here is the 411 on the walk:
WESTCHESTER STEPS UP TO DEFEAT ALS TEN STRAIGHT YEARS
Bronxville Residents co-chair June 10th Walk in Tibbetts Brook Park
Yonkers, N.Y. – The 10th annual Westchester Walk to Defeat ALS, co-chaired by Mark and Donna Rubin of Bronxville, is expected to draw hundreds of walkers from all over Westchester and Putnam counties. The 3-mile walk takes place Sunday, June 10 at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers.
There will be entertainment, plenty of refreshments to fortify the walkers including bagels, coffee, fruit and water and a tradition started several years ago, grilled hot dogs following the walk!
Check in begins at 10 a.m. with the Walk officially starting at 11 a.m.
This year marks the walk’s 10th Anniversary and features more teams and walkers than the previous year. ALS officials say they are hoping to raise $150,000.
“We want to do two things – raise money and increase awareness of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease,” said Dorine Gordon President of the ALS Association Greater NY Chapter. “For years the Walk has accomplished both tasks.”
Sponsored by the ALS Association/Greater New York Chapter, the Walk raises money to support aggressive research initiatives to find a cure for ALS and local patient service programs.
“Our team, “Poppy’s Pals” walks in honor of my grandfather, “Poppy” Aaron Rosner, a long-time Yonkers resident and business owner, who died of ALS 25 years ago on June 13, 1987,” said walk co-chair Donna Rubin. “Not only are we honoring Poppy’s memory but we’re raising money to help others currently afflicted with this disease.”
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease named after the New York Yankees great, is a devastating and always fatal neuromuscular disease that causes progressive paralysis of the muscles. The disease indiscriminately targets men and women from all ethnic backgrounds and age groups. The Greater New York Chapter funds research to find a cure, local ALS clinics, educational and patient programs, and advocacy efforts.
Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year, which equates to 15 per day. For more information about the Walk to Defeat ALS, please call 212-619-1400 or visit the Chapter’s website at www.als-ny.org.