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Taking a stand against drugs at Moonlight Walk

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - People flocked to Elmer Thomas Park to take a stand against substance abuse at the Crimestoppers of Southwest Oklahoma Moonlight Walk Against Drugs on Friday night.

Individuals and teams walked along a path at Elmer Thomas park for the largest fundraiser for Crimestoppers of Southwest Oklahoma. But event organizers say that this walk is much more than just a fundraiser.

“It runs deep for some people,” said Ashley Gates, walk organizer. “If they've been personally affected by drugs or alcohol abuse with family members, friends, relatives, co-workers; it runs deep.”

While the kids are having fun on the bounce house or getting their face painted, they are learning from police officers about why they shouldn't do drugs.

"It could kill you. And sick. That would be really, really bad," said 7-year-old Antonio Mendez.

Two former original members of the Crimestoppers board, Sam Helton and Lee Sanger, passed away this past year. They were honored by Crimestoppers president Butch Hooper at the same event they helped create.

"They dedicated a huge part of their life being involved in the community,” said Hooper. “And both of them were truly involved in the Crimestoppers program."

Crimestoppers wanted to use the walk to get the word out. If you have any information on a crime, you can report it anonymously to 580-355-INFO.

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