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Lakebottom walk-a-thon raises thousands toward Oklahoma disaster relief

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The Lakebottom Boot Camp hosted a Lap of Love Walk-a-thon this morning in order to raise funds for the tornado victims in Oklahoma.

Individuals, families, organizations and businesses from the area turned-up to walk laps around the track at Lakebottom, each one with sponsors donating one dollar per lap.

Altogether the event raised over 2,200 dollars to give to the red cross, designated for Oklahoma disaster relief. 

Nate Barley, Lakebottom Boot Camp Instructor, ignited the idea after realizing that tragedy can happen to anyone. "I just woke-up one morning, watching the news and what happened in Oklahoma, and said to myself, 'Wow, that could have been Columbus, so let's do something'," recalls Barley. "So I brought the idea to the boot camp, and we just moved forward with it."

Mitzi Oxford, Development Director at the American Red Cross, proudly carried the bucket full of money raised today by sweat and kindness. "Because of the compassion and generosity of people in this community, Red Cross is going to be able to help those families who are suffering in Oklahoma long term," says Oxford.

The Lakebottom Boot Camp has been meeting regularly for the past two years.  For more information about their program, contact 706-580-3325.

For more information on helping donating funds toward Oklahoma disaster relief, visit the Red Cross West Central Georgia Chapter website at www.redcross.org/ga/columbus.  

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