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4-H'ers raise money for Marfan group

December 09, 2009

The Tail Waggers 4-H Dog Club of Washington County raised more than $3,000 for the National Marfan Foundation during its Hounds Helping Hearts dog walk Oct. 24 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

Marfan syndrome is a life-threatening genetic disorder of the connective tissue that affects many organ systems, including the skeleton, lungs, eyes, skin, heart and blood vessels. The foundation is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life for individuals and families affected by Marfan syndrome.

One of the Tail Waggers Club 4-H members was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and has benefited greatly from the support of the national office. Upon learning of their fellow member's diagnosis, the Tail Waggers 4-H Club decided to hold a dog walk fundraiser to raise funds for the foundation.

Despite the rainy and windy weather, the dog walk was a success, featuring a walk, canine agility games and a silent auction. The club would like to thank the many business sponsors, silent auction donors, personal sponsors and all those who attended the event with their canine companion.

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If you are interested in joining the Tail Waggers 4-H Dog Club, contact 4-H Club leader Kim Yocklin at kyocklin@yahoo.com or call 240-344-4644.

To learn more about Marfan syndrome and the National Marfan Foundation, go to www.marfan.org.

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