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Independence helps raise money for family



Hundreds of people came to the Buchanan county fairgrounds to help an independence family raise money to build a specially-outfitted dream home. 

The Spece family includes three adult children with a form of muscular dystrophy. They applied to be on the TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," last year but didn't make the show

Family and friends hope to raise $200,000 to build a dream home outside Independence.

So far, they've raised about $40,000 before Saturday night's benefit which included a silent auction.

"I'm just over whelmed at the support that we've gotten, from all the fund raisers that have taken place.  I just want to thank the people, the community, everyone from the bottom of our hearts,"  said Sue Spece.

About $150,000 needs to be raised before construction can begin on the new home.

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