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Family gets funding for trip

For Richard and Betty Latimer, the past week has been a roller coaster of emotions, capped by the joy of knowing they will be able to help honor their son’s memory thanks to the generosity of this community.
The couple, who lost their son Aaron in the war in Iraq, was notified of a special award to be given in his honor in Alaska, where he was stationed prior to the war. Receiving the news of the honor was a bittersweet moment for the Latimers. They desperately wanted to attend the ceremony, but knew they didn’t have the funds available to make the trip.
Richard Latimer has been laid off from his work and with only one income supporting the family, taking a trip to Alaska to accept the honor seemed like a dream they would have to give up – until Betty’s co-worker Mark Forney got involved.
"Mark really got the ball rolling by getting the word out that we needed help and we are very grateful for his efforts," Richard said. "He made some calls and visited some people that were in a position to help us and we can’t thank him enough for intervening on our behalf."

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