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KU students launch 'Hawks for Boston' fundraising effort

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For anyone at KU who was struck by the stories from the Boston Marathon explosions Monday and would like to help out, some students have an outlet for you.

Late Monday night some members of KU's Student Senate launched a campus fundraising campaign for the American Red Cross relief efforts, called "Hawks for Boston."

You can donate online at this link, and a release says students will be out on campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to collect donations, as well. Other fundraising efforts may also be on the way.

An email Monday night from student body vice president Brandon Woodard said the students' goal was to raise $500, but they've already surpassed that this morning, according to the online counter.

Here's a chilling Journal-World story about one 26-year-old KU graduate in Boston who crossed the marathon's finish line about 45 seconds before the explosions went off yesterday.

If you know of any other ways that the tragedy has touched folks at KU, or any other ways that people on campus are trying to help, let me know at merickson@ljworld.com. And, as always, send all your other KU news tips there, too.

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