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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It was the 1st Annual Jackson Hohmann "Be A Friend" Walk in Dubuque.

It's a  day to  remember 8 year old Jackson Hohmann, getting together and being friends. 

Jackson's father Robert Hohmann said, it's about "being great friends and celebrating the person Jackson was."

"Because that's the type of person he was, he was a friend when there was a new student at school, he was the first  one to greet  them, he was the first one to say come on I'll sit by you at lunch,"added Angela Hohmann, Jackson's mother.

In November, Jackson died from an undiagnosed intestinal abnormality. 

And now his family, friends and community held the annual walk at the Dubuque Soccer Complex. 

It benefits Jackson's soccer scholarship fund called "Play Like There's No Tomorrow," which helps kids in the Dubuque area get help with learning how to play soccer.  It was Jackson's favorite sport.

As you can imagine the loss of Jackson is not easy for the family, but they get through day by day.

"We're strong, I mean we have our times and it's difficult. He's got...left behind three little sisters, but we're good, we're okay," said Angela. 

It also hasn't been  easy for the tight-knit community.

Balloons were released into the sky, including one with the number eight representing Jackson's years of life. Tears flowed from many eyes in the park.

Jackson's parents say the walk will be an annual event. The next one will also be held in August of next year.

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