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Hike for Hesed raises thousands

Ten month old Brad Hollcatches ride his mom Erin's backpack as big brother Evan (six) walks alongside. | JCunningham~For Sun-Times

Ten month old Brad Holland catches a ride in his mom Erin's backpack as big brother Evan (six) walks alongside. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 27, 2012 6:07AM

AURORA — The 300 or so hikers who turned out Saturday morning for the eighth annual Hike for Hesed raised about $3,000 more than last year for the Aurora homeless shelter.

Hesed House Executive Director Ryan Dowd said the event raised $41,500, about $3,000 more than the hike in 2011.

Dowd said he was a little worried hikers might face rain and 40-degree temperatures Saturday morning.

“It was windy, but gorgeous. So we got lucky,” Dowd said Monday afternoon.

The 2.6-mile family- and dog-friendly hike benefits the ministries of Hesed House that help poor and homeless people in the Fox Valley.

Hikers traveled from Hesed House to the Fox Valley River path to the Montgomery Bridge, before returning to Hesed House’s Comprehensive Resource Center.

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