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Trail ride to raise funds for local boy

September 4, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The West Wind Farm will host a charity trail ride on Sunday to benefit a local infant born with a rare skin disease.

Hooves of Hope, a local charity group, will hold a event called "Makin' Tracks for Jax," a trail ride to raise money for Jackson Baldwin, a 1-year-old Johnstown boy born with epidermolysis bullosa, or EB. The disease causes blisters on the skin, as well skin loss both internally and externally.

Deb Cosselman, organizer for Hooves for Hope, is confident about the project.

"We're going to have more riders this year," Cosselman said.

Cosselman said she decided to have the ride benefit Baldwin after seeing a news report about him.

"I'm hoping we blow our total from last year out of the water," Cosselman said.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., with a $10 minimum pledge required for each rider. The trail ride is set to leave the West Wind Farm at 9 a.m. before heading to Devoe's Entertainment Park in Meco. After returning to the farm, a chicken barbecue and an auction will be held, as well as a drawing for a 2-year-old colt.

Hooves for Hope had previously raised $2,800 for the American Cancer Society.

Area groups have helped raise money for the boy. Further information can be obtained through the website

Checks also may be sent to Jessica Valik, 25 S. William St., Apartment 2, Johnstown, NY 12095; or to her father, David Valik, Route 8, P.O. Box 29, Hoffmeister, NY 13353.

Arthur Cleveland can be reached at



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