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Facebook post motivated two local moms to organize a fundraiser

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- A Facebook post from the Arkansas Children's Hospital made two mothers spring into action and put together a fundraiser.

Mica Dupwe and Ashley Hutcheson met for the first time Saturday after deciding to put together a fundraiser to raise money for a new Angel One helicopter for Arkansas Children's Hospital

Hutcheson said after seeing the post she immediately reached out to her friends on Facebook.

"One of my friends that I've never met before Mica commented and said it would be good to do a fundraiser and that's how it got started," she said. 

Dupwe and Hutcheson spent months planning the event via email.

"There are not any fundraisers specifically for Angel Flight they are all for Arkansas Children's in general," Dupwe said.

For both mothers this fundraiser really hit home.

 "My son when he was born had to take a flight on Angel One, it was right after birth, he was premature and born with a birth defect," Hutcheson said.

 Mica said she had he desire to give back to the hospital nine years ago when her little brother was born premature and had to be transported on Angel One.

"Last May I had my youngest daughter her cord was wrapped and she had Meconium Aspiration and she had to fly also," Dupwe said.

After having those experiences with Angel One they both said they wanted to give back.

"Without them I honestly don't know what would happen so anything I can give back to them is a blessing to me," Hutcheson said.

"We have to make sure that Angel stays flying," Dupwe said.

The event featured live music, a silent auction and a bake sale. Dupwe said this will definitely be an annual event.

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