Build It and They Will Come For A Good Cause

September 9, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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September 9, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM EDT


Grand Island, N.Y. (WKBW) - "Strides for Stewart" an organization established in 2009 for Amy Stewart, 25, from Grand Island.

"In March of 2009, I was the victim of a hit and run crime," Stewart said.

It was a long road to recovery that came with plenty of challenges, including pay pricey hospital bills. The community came to the rescue with the "Strides for Stewart" 5K Race.

"My friends, family and the community came together to do the first Strides for Stewart to benefit me," Stewart said.

Stewart said it was a big step in helping her recovery. She went back to school and graduated from the University at Buffalo with her teaching degree. Channel 7 was at the graduation last May. Now, she works at Glendale Elementary. She also continued the "Strides for Stewart" but the proceeds benefit other causes.

"Last year I did Strides for Stewart for ECMC and their rehab department," Stewart said.

This year, she decided to help out the Miracle League of Western New York. All the money from the 5k race will go toward a baseball field, which is anything but ordinary.

"The field is designed for disabled kids to play on it. It's the only one in New York State and we're lucky enough have it in Western New York," Larry Playfair with the Miracle Field said.

Stewart is not only giving back but her she said the Miracle League and this field have a special place in her heart.

"When I heard that he Miracle League was building the field on Grand Island I felt close to that. I wanted to do something for that because I'm a special education teacher as well," Stewart said.

The race takes place this Sunday at Veterans Park in Grand Island. Registration is at 8 a.m. the race starts at 10 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to participate for a small donation to benefit a big cause.

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