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Thousands raised at March Forth with Hope Gala

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – This past weekend was the 9th annual celebration of one of Charlotte's most well-known 12-year olds.  The March Forth with Hope Foundation hosted a gala to honor the life and spirit and wish of Hope Stout.

Back in 2003, Hope rallied all of Charlotte to raise over a million dollars in five short weeks to help other critically-sick children.  Hope was only 12 years old when she made that "wish" to help others.  Soon after, she died of her own horrible bone cancer. 

Hope's parents established a foundation in her name that continues to help other sick kids, and helps Hope's wish live on.

The March Forth with Hope Foundation helps pay for mortgages and power bills for local families who have kids facing these major medical battles… all the "non-glamorous" stuff.  It gives behind-the-scenes aid which doesn't get a lot of attention, but is often what is needed most.

WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham and WBT Radio's Keith Larson co-emceed the gala this past weekend.  It raised thousands.  Organizers call it a big success.

Go to for more information on the charity. 

Click the attached video to see the report about the gala on WBTV news at 5:30.

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