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Special Olympics Benefit Walk Sunday in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – A fundraising walk to benefit the Special Olympics will be held Sunday, April 29, at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown.

This year's walk, which begins at 10 a.m. (registration is at 9 a.m.), is named after Vincent Miritello, who had cerebral palsy and died 11 years ago at age 20. His sister, Paula, has helped raise money for the Special Olympics since Vincent died, and her team, My Brother Vinny, has been among the leaders in the county.

For this year's walk, My Brother Vinny has raised $5,440, according to the regional Special Olympics website, and Paula Miritello has been credited with pledges totaling $2,660.

The Special Olympics has provided year-round athletic training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities for more than 43 years. There are 3,500 Special Olympics athletes in the Hudson Valley region.

Anyone who can't attend the walk, which will be followed with a barbecue/picnic at 11 a.m., can send a donation to Paula Miritello, My Brother Vinny, P.O. Box 644, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 10598.

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