Pushups for Emma

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PAUL SMITHS, NY (03/21/2014)(readMedia)-- The Paul Smith's College Veterans Club is gearing up to help a local girl with an incurable genetic disorder in their own unique way: by cranking out pushups.

The fundraiser, titled Pushups for Emma, begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Saunders Sports Complex gymnasium. It will benefit Emma Dalton, a 7-year-old from Paul Smiths who has Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects her ability to walk, talk and effectively use her hands. The Paul Smith's veterans are currently collecting sponsors who will give them a fixed sum of money for each pushup they can muster in an hour. Donors pledge a minimum of a penny per pushup, though there's no limit; while that may not sound like a lot of money, one veteran managed 790 pushups during a similar fundraiser last year.

All donations will be given to the Dalton family, who hope to raise enough money to have a van custom-fitted for wheelchair accessibility.

To sponsor a vet or donate directly, call Amy Tuthill, director of Veteran and Transfer Services, at (518) 327-6862.