Racing Community Rallies For Al Robinson

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A group of volunteers have worked to construct a wheel chair ramp at veteran racing announcer and journalist Al Robinson's home. (Submitted Photo)
A group of volunteers have worked to construct a wheel chair ramp at veteran racing announcer and journalist Al Robinson’s home. (Submitted Photo)

WAVERLY, N.Y. — Sometimes fate brings people together.

Two years ago longtime motorsports announcer and journalist, Al Robinson, suffered a massive stroke. Since May of 2011 he has been residing in a Tioga County, N.Y., nursing home, but proving every day that the human spirit can work wonders in one’s recovery.

Al has come a long way. And his hopes of a return to his own home are more of reality, thanks to some great friends….and a bunch of people he doesn’t know.

Case managers at the nursing home conducted a home visit and developed a list of modifications that would have to be completed at his home before he could safely return there. Al’s longtime friend and fellow motorsports veteran, Jim Burleigh, installed grab bars and made many other required changes.

Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-la II Motor Speedway, is also the director of the Chemung Volunteer Action Corps. When she and Burleigh spoke recently about Al and his possible return home, he told her there were a couple major items still on the “to do” list and beyond his capability.

One of those would have to be done by a plumber while the other was the construction of a ramp at Al’s house.

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