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"Anna's Walk" Comes to Russell County

Anna HarringtonAnna Harrington, a woman currently residing in Idaho, is making a trek across the country to support Shriners Hospitals. She is currently in the Russell County area.

The following is information about Harrington's walk from her website, which is AnnasWalk.com:

A big dream dawned in the heart of a young girl from Arizona: at the tender age of 12, Anna Harrington yearned to walk across the United States to support an important cause.

The budding young adventurer from Tucson, moved to Meridian, Idaho, a suburb of the State's capital city of Boise. Anna cherished the opportunities the beautiful State of Idaho had to offer: camping in the rugged outdoors; fishing in the pristine lakes, rivers, and ponds; taking photographs of the exquisite terrain; steep, craggy mountains; and elegant trees that abundantly line the Boise River - and after which the City took its French moniker ("les bois").

Sadly, in 2005, her nephew developed scoliosis, a debilitating musculoskeletal disorder, which was exacerbated by the fact that he was also a paraplegic. Since the local hospital did not have the facilities to perform the required surgery, Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, California, accepted him as a patient - and the surgery was successfully performed. When visiting her nephew at the hospital, Anna noticed the diversity of medical cases, the magnitude of their respective needs and the impact on the children's families. She visited with families who were also grateful for the world-class, life-altering, medical care administered at the facility.

Her heart, brimming with respect and gratitude, and her mind, cognitively knowing this was the answer to her life-long dream, rekindled in Anna the incentive and motivation to accomplish her distant desire to walk across America to support a worthy cause. She unexpectedly happened upon her mission through the unfortunate medical condition of her nephew!

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Harrington is spending time with Shriners along her way and asking for donations from anyone who is willing to support the work of the Shriners.

Monday morning she was spotted just west of Russell on Highway 40 traveling east.

For more information or to make a donation, go to AnnasWalk.com. She is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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