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Youth’s fundraising efforts for Aimee Copeland reach his hometown

A former West Liberty resident who now lives near Atlanta is pioneering an effort to raise funds for a family friend, Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman who has made national news after losing her hands, both feet and her left leg to a flesh-eating bacteria.

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ABOVE: Seventh-grader Cade Keller displays the silicon bracelets that are for sale in support of Aimee Copeland. The bracelets can be purchased locally for $3 each at King Feed and Supply, 1001 W. Runkle St., West Liberty, and at King’s Country Corner, 1244 S. Main St., Bellefontaine. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Former West Liberty resident Cade Keller, 12, right, makes a presentation at a fundraising event Saturday in Georgia to Aimee Copeland, left, a young woman who has gained national attention after suffering amputations from a flesh-eating bacteria. Cade has created bracelets to support Aimee’s recovery. (PHOTOS | KELLER FAMILY)

Cade Keller, 12, has created tie-dyed-colored silicon bracelets with the words “Aimee” and “Blessed to be Different.”

Thus far, he has raised a total of $1,200 to support the young woman’s medical bills and rehabilitation costs.  

Local residents will be able to join in Cade’s mission to help with Ms. Copeland’s recovery, as the bracelets are available for $3 each at King Feed and Supply, 1001 W. Runkle St., West Liberty, and at King’s Country Corner, 1244 S. Main St., Bellefontaine. These businesses are owned by Cade’s family.

All proceeds from the bracelets go directly to Ms. Copeland.

An otherwise healthy graduate student at the University of West Georgia, Ms. Copeland’s medical troubles begin earlier this year after an equipment malfunction while playing on a homemade zip line. Her fall set the stage for the development of necrotizing fasciitis, which led to amputations and the failure of her five major organs, according to a blog created by her family, http://aimeecopeland.com.

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