Lifetime Assistance Inc. in June will hold its 20th annual Airport Games, a family event that brings individuals with and without disabilities together to raise funds for the not-for-profit agency’s services.
In two decades, Lifetime Assistance has raised roughly $1 million, said director of development Jamie Rada. The funds will benefit Lifetime’s services including health and wellness programs, educational advancement opportunities, technology, essential adaptive lift and transfer equipment, Special Olympics training and more.
“I think it’s really a unique experience,” Rada said. “You get to run and walk beside the people that you’re helping. You can see the pride in their faces and they’re so excited. (Disabled participants) understand that the money that’s raised helps their program. I think that really makes an impact on them and they walk with their heads held high and it’s pretty cool to see.”
Last year’s 800 participants raised $115,000; this year the organization’s goal is $140,000, and Rada said she expects roughly 1,000 participants.
“It’s on an upward swing,” Rada said of the event’s draw. “We still have a lot of motivation, even though it’s been around for 20 years and people are still really enjoying it.”
The morning event will be held June 15 at the USAirports hangar on Scottsville Road. The festivities include an 8:30 a.m. Flower City CrossFit 5K, as well as a 9:15 a.m. USAirports 5K Run/Walk. A Kids Fun Run starts at 10:15. Registration runs from Feb. 1 to April 1.
Several of Lifetime’s homes bring people to participate in the event alongside other runners and walkers. The flat course is easier for those in wheelchairs to navigate, Rada said.
In addition to the runs and walks, the event will feature an inflatable obstacle course, Wegmans Mobile Zoo, food trucks and more.
Lifetime Assistance is the largest, most comprehensive agency in the Greater Rochester area serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. The agency serves more than 1,800 people every day at more than 70 sites that provide a full range of individualized services. The organization is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership.