Verona resident Scott Chesney, who was paralyzed at the age 15, is one of two ambassadors for Sunday's 12th Annual Stroll 'N Roll in Verona Park.
Proceeds from the event help fund rehabilitation research and employment initiatives for people with disabilities.
Chesney is a world-renowned motivational speaker. He also participates in spinal cord injury research at Kessler Foundation and received its 2013 Community Inspirational Leadership Award. The event's other ambassador is Kevin Greene, of Kearney.
“Stroll ‘N Roll is our community signature event of the year,” said Rodger DeRose, president and chief executive officer of Kessler Foundation. “It’s the perfect day for people of all ages and abilities to come together and support our mission to change the lives of people with disabilities."
DeRose said funds raised help individuals with paralysis take their first steps and improve their mobility; those with multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury improve their thinking, learning and memory; stroke survivors regain their independence; and job seekers with disabilities find employment and earn a paycheck.
In addition to a stroll or roll around the lake at Verona Park, the event also features carnival games, magic acts, balloon art, food from local vendors and music, provided by a DJ group from Pathways for Exceptional Children.
Pathways, a career mentorship program for students with disabilities located in Montville, is a grantee of Kessler Foundation. Members from Verona High School and H.B. Whitehorne Middle School will perform the National Anthem.
Information Alley will feature exhibit booths from local businesses, sponsors, and disability service representatives.
Registration is $25 for individuals and $50 for a family of up to five members.
For more information and online registration, visit www.kesslerfoundation.org/SNR.