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10/05/07

Hometown Heroes--Jessica and Lauren Olsen

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Hundreds of people lined up to walk in Forsyth Park for the 8th Annual Light the Night Walk tonight. The proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Two of the walkers are sisters who have raised thousands of dollars in the past and this year they did it again.

Sisters Jessica and Lauren Olsen spend most of their free time running their own cookie business, but it's not your ordinary business. That's because all the profits go toward finding a cure for cancer.

"We came up with the money we got from making cookie pots, cakes and pies for our tennis instructor and we gave it all," said Lauren.

And they have been doing this for several years now, ever since doctors diagnosed their father, Eric, with leukemia.

"He's been battling cancer for the last seven years, since I was five," said Lauren.

So every year they hold fundraisers, from producing their own plays to last weekend's "Light the Night Idol" contest, where more than 70 people showed up to participate in the event.

And just last weekend, the sisters raised almost $2,000, all of which went to their Light the Night team.

"It's important to donate, because all the money goes towards researchers and doctors so they can find a cure for cancer," said Lauren.

So far they have raised more than $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

And tonight, the girls plan to lace up their walking shoes, and join the hundreds of people who are stepping out for the 8th annual walk.

"I love doing the walk, it's so much fun to me," said Lauren.

The hard work, and dedication to making a difference, is why they are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

"I want to say thank you to all the people who support us," said Lauren.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  us.

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