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Friday For Julie Walk raises money for families and research

More than a thousand walkers participated in the ninth Friday For Julie Walk Friday night at the Village of Orland Park Civic Center, according to the event's organizers. The walk– held in honor of 13-year-old Julie Doody who died of leukemia in 2002–has raised $910,000 since it started. Julie’s mother, who helped launch the event in 2003, said Monday that so far this year’s walk raised $60,000. The walk still has a chance of raising a million dollars total. “As of now, we didn’t break the million mark,” Mary Doody said. “We’re about at $970,000 now. We still may have $15,000 to $20,000 in donations coming, but it’s hard to tell. I think that with pre-registration donations that we could hit $1 million by the start of next year’s walk.” Money for the walk helps those suffering from leukemia and other forms of blood cancer. In recent years, the foundation donated money to the Illinois Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund research. Read the full story.

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