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Banners with tornado victim's names will line next year's Joplin Memorial Run

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Next year's Joplin Memorial Run will include miles of banners, honoring each victim from the May 22 tornado.

Plans were unveiled Friday by the Joplin Memorial Run operations committee to honor the victims of last year's tornado.  Banners with each of the victims' names will be displayed as a part of next year's run.

Those banners will be placed along the run, approximately 12 banners every mile.

Organizers say the families of those honored are touched.

"We have got a lot of positive response," says Audie Dennis.  "People have been seeking us out, calling us, e-mailing us, once they receive the letter, letting us know how much they appreciate what we were doing to help them remember their family members in the community."

The organizing group needs help raising money for the banners, which is expected to cost more than $30,000.

To learn how you can help visit http://joplinmemorialrun.com/banners.html.

Organizers say they have already received an anonymous donation of $1,000.

The Joplin Memorial Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 18.

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