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People walk for the kids

April 20, 2000

As a father, Jim Reed has a special interest in participating in March of Dimes' WalkAmerica.

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"I've got kids. Kids are special," says Reed, 36, who has walked in the event for the last 10 years with some of his co-workers from Good Humor Breyers Ice Cream in Hagerstown.

Reed brings along his son Chris, now 14, to Washington County's 8-mile event, during which he alternates walking and running.

"I think we do it for the children," says Cindy Canfield, 45, the team's captain.

Teresa Jones brings along her 4-year-old granddaughter, Kierra White, sometimes in a stroller.

Jones, 43, says she walks "just for the fun of it. I can't say no, I guess."

Some, like Reed and Canfield, remember when the walk was 25 miles long and the turnaround point was in Williamsport. Others, like Lorraine Oleskie, recall participating when the distance was 15 miles.

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"We just took our time," says Oleskie, 38.

Regardless of the miles traveled, the feeling is the same.

"When you've completed it, you feel so good," says Barb Rideout, 53.

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