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Walk honoring Randy Duprey receives huge community response

Events like last Sunday's walk are critical in not only raising money for scleroderma research and treatment, but in raising awareness as well, said Mooso.

"I think this is great," Mooso said of the event. "Making more people aware is very important."

"Something good's going to come from this," Faubert said of the walk.

And, something good already has come. Duprey stated at last count, the event raised $10,500 from pledges and donations. Another $1,000 is expected to come in from the corporate offices of Best Buy, which pledged a $1,000 donation if 10 of its employees participated in the walk.

Alex J. Matich, development director for the Tri-state chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, said he was impressed with the amount being raised and by the number of people who turned out for the event in support of Randy Duprey and his family.

"This is just fantastic. I've been to several walks and not all of them have support like this one," said Matich. "Kate and her crew did a marvelous job. This speaks to their dedication and the dedication of the North Country."

"The more people we can get aware of the disease the better, because it's still a relatively unknown disease," he added.

For more information about scleroderma, visit the Scleroderma Foundation's Web site, www.scleroderma.org, and for more information about the First Annual Scleroderma Walk in Memory of Randy Duprey, visit Kate Duprey's Web site at www.thedupreyfamily.blogspot.com.

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