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Waiting for a Mentor: Gary Walters to take on Ironman challenge

In the Brainerd lakes area when you hear the name Gary Walters the thought that comes to most people's minds is "Walters Wacky Adventures." For 12 years Gary has been raising awareness and funds for Kinship and doing it with flair. He has challen...

In the Brainerd lakes area when you hear the name Gary Walters the thought that comes to most people's minds is "Walters Wacky Adventures."

For 12 years Gary has been raising awareness and funds for Kinship and doing it with flair. He has challenged himself by doing everything from rollerblading to Washington D.C. or losing 100 pounds in one year, to swimming across Loch Ness in Scotland. This year he is taking part in the Ironman on Nov. 16 in Tempe, Ariz.

During the Ironman, Gary will be dedicating legs of the race to the kids on our waiting list, like Caleb, who is 10 years old and has goals of playing in the NFL someday, or Levi who is 9 years old and good at wrestling, play sword fighting and has a great imagination. And then there is 13-year-old Gail, whose favorite subjects in school are science and reading and she considers herself smart, talkative and artistic.

Follow Gary at Walters Wacky Adventures on Facebook and remember what he says, "Kinship is such a great program even middle aged overweight guys should be allowed to have as much fun as kids do."

Jump into the race, mentor a child. It will be an adventure of a lifetime.

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Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14. Kinship mentors can be individuals, couples or families. We have offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples.

For more information about any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-829-4606, toll free at 877-730-5437 or visit our website at www.kinshippartners.org .

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