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04/19/02 - Longview

Ore City Charity Hop-A-Thon Helps Make Child's Dream Come True

The football field at Ore City high school was hopping today, as hundreds of kids turned out to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

For fourth grader Zachary Morris, the event was close to home. Zachary has muscular distrophy.

475 elementary students also took the field in the annual hop-a-thon, to raise money to send Zachary to the Jerry Lewis Telethon in September and to make some of his wishes come true.

Everyone who knows Zachary says he has an unstoppable personality and a courageous spirit, which makes him the perfect ambassador.

Zachary had two wishes today: one to be on television and the other, to run through a banner like a football team. He has seen many football games before and wanted to know the feeling of crashing through the banner. His classmates and teachers made it come true for him.

Zachary's father believes that everyone took away something good today and hope for the future.

The feeling of being a star and having one moment of glory is something most people dream about. For Zachary Morris, it's now reality.

The kids raised over $2,800 for M.D.A.

Zachary will also travel to Hawaii to swim with dolphins this summer.

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