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Brothers organize fundraiser after friend's mother dies

From Staff Reports
April 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Colby Horn wanted to do something meaningful to help the family of one of his best friends, Landan Coe.

Landan, 8, had buried his mother, Kristie Gibbs Coe, earlier this week after she died of cancer.

So he and his brother, Carson, decided to hold a fundraiser called Karting for Kristie. The brothers will take their go-karts to the I-20 Speedway today and get pledges for each lap they do. The event begins at 6 p.m.

"Colby came up with this idea, and we worked to make it happen," said Meredith Smeltzer, who is helping to organize the event.

"They're decking their cars out in pink in honor of Kristie and are working to get pledges to raise money to help with medical and other expenses the family has," said Smeltzer, who also is a friend of the Coe family.

People can contribute any amount they want. The raceway also will be donating a portion of gate proceeds to the family, Smeltzer said.

Coe and her husband, Tim, have four children. All the children, including the Horn brothers, attend Spring Hill schools.

Jason Horn said his sons were determined to do something positive to help the family of their friend.

"They really worked on hard on this," he said.



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