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Bicycle ride to be held in memory of late Hagerstown councilman

September 16, 2008

Project Lifesaver of Washington County is sponsoring the N. Linn Hendershot Tour de Park memorial bicycle ride Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The ride at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park is open to all children, regardless of disability.

Hendershot, a wheelchair-bound former Hagerstown City Council member and community activist, died in early May.

One of the last projects Hendershot was working on was Project Lifesaver, which works with children and adults with brain disorders who tend to wander. Wandering is potentially life-threatening to those affected by Alzheimer's disease, autism, Down syndrome and other diseases.

Youngsters may participate on a bike, trike, wheelchair or similar mode of transportation. There will be three age group categories for fundraising prizes -- ages 1 to 5, 6 to 10 and 11 to 15.

A paved bike path with small hills and curves will run throughout Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park. Helmets are required.

Project Lifesaver is a program of proactive involvement and specialized rescue operations under which trained personnel respond to incidents involving persons with autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and related brain disorders.

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Frequent wanderers wear wristbands, each of which has a small VHF transmitter that emits a signal every second. The transmitters are tracked using a receiver operated by trained Project Lifesaver specialists to find the lost person.

More information about the memorial bicycle ride may be obtained by contacting Project Lifesaver at 301-745-6444.

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