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Bottles for Brock

KEESEVILLE As the family of Brock Marvin works to raise money to put towards stem cell therapy, others have joined the cause. Marvin, a fourteen-year-old student at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School, is planning to undergo a treatment that will, hopefully, repair damaged tissue in his heart, which was weakened by a heart attack in April. With medical expenses expected to exceed $60,000, his family has sought help from people in the community. So far, through donations and fundraisers, they have raised roughly half of that. A goalie for his schools varsity soccer team, Marvin had always been very involved in athletics, but his current condition prevents him from leading the same active lifestyle as he did before. I know as a fourteen-year-old, I dont know what I would do without sports, said Amanda Hamilton, a student at AuSable Valley Central School who has organized her own fundraiser for Marvins cause. Hamilton, with the help of friends and family, is collecting recyclable cans and bottles from locations in Elizabethtown, Keeseville, and Jay, in an effort she calls Bottles for Brock. We know the economys so tight, so we werent going to ask people for money, said Hamilton. We decided that a bottle drive would be the best because everyones got bottles lying around that they dont need. Her efforts are quickly paying off. After just two weeks, she has already raised over $500. She attributes much of her fundraising success to several area businesses that have agreed to help. Stores in all three towns are hosting bottle pick-ups: Bourgeois IGA in Keeseville, Kinney Drugs in Elizabethtown, and Grand Union in AuSable Forks. Andys Redemption Center in Keeseville, where Hamilton deposits the recyclables, offered to donate their own profits from the cans and bottles when they heard about the fundraiser. Other businesses, like 20 Main Bar and M&M Diner in AuSable Forks and Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, have set aside hundreds of cans and bottles for the collection. Loremans contributed a large banner to use for pick-up dates. So many people think that they cant make a difference and I really believe that you dont have to be a doctor and you dont have to have a lot of money to save a life, said Hamilton. All you have to do is donate your bottles. Bottles and cans can be dropped off August 10 at Bourgeois IGA in Keeseville from 1-4 p.m. where a $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the family donating the most bottles. Also, there will be collections August 16 at AuSable Forks Grand Union from 9 a.m. to noon and Kinney Drugs in Elizabethtown from 2-5 p.m. Residents of Jay can call Kim Colby at 946-7412 to ask about donating their recyclables. Donations of bottles and cans are also accepted at Andys Redemption Center in Keeseville during regular business hours. For more information, contact Amanda Hamilton at 834-5538.

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