Knights for Life raises funds for those in need
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The mission of Knights for Life is to dole out funding and moral support to individuals and families who are dealing with health crises or who have experienced profound loss.
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Knights for Life has also assisted families in terms of information rather than donations. A local family rHTuHVWHd finDnFLDl DVVLVtance to send a child to college, but they didn’t meet the group’s criteria. Laura 6PLWK, D .nLgKWV IRr /LIH foundation member and D 1984 13H6 grDduDWH, works for a state representative and she was able to assist the family with information on grants.
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“I live every day with a new vision as a survivor,” she said. “If I can show someone there is light at the end of the rainbow, I will. It’s just all about paying it forward.”
In addition, the group performs tasks such as errands or yard work for those who have experienced tragedy or loss. They’re working on gHWWLng FurrHnW 13H6 VWudents involved in that those areas, as well as recent graduates.
“We want North Penn graduates to know that this is something they can do to keep connected with the North Penn community after they graduate,” said IRundDWLRn PHPbHr 6Dndy VDlHnFLN. “2nFH yRu’rH D knight, you’re a knight for life.”
To connect with Knights for Life, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook. com/ NorthPennKnightsforLife.
Dawn Stoler, of Lansdale, participates in the Knights for Life horseshoe competition Sunday at the American Legion in Hatfield.