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Community raises funds for Independence family

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

Hundreds of people came to the Buchanan County Fairgrounds to help an Independence family raise money to build a specially-outfitted dream home Saturday night.

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

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

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

"I'm just overwhelmed at the support that we've gotten from all the fundraisers 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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