Cyclists Raise $125,000 For Friends Of Karen

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Gary and Gwen Salmo (New Rochelle), Jan Corning (Yorktown Heights) and Vinny Liscio (Somers) pause near the Hudson River in Cold Spring. Photo Credit: Douglas Branson
Jeffrey Coleman (Ossining) is ready to roll. Photo Credit: Douglas Branson
Karen Merritt (Somers) and Palma Settimi (Katonah) on the road. Photo Credit: Douglas Branson
A Hudson River vista. Photo Credit: Douglas Branson

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Two dozen bicyclists turned out on a recent beautiful autumn weekend for a 135-mile ride to raise money for the Friends of Karen, the North Salem children’s aid organization.

The so-called Journey of the Heart ride wound along the Hudson River through Cold Spring, West Point and Storm King and raised $125,000 for the organization.

Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children suffering life-threatening illnesses and their families. 

It was founded in 1978 when the parents of 16-year-old Karen MacInnes were dealing with the trauma and financial burden of their daughter’s terminal illness. Family friend Sheila Petersen appealed to the community for help and eventually devoted herself to helping others in similar predicaments. She named the organization after Karen.

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