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Walk w'Elle will Celebrate Toddler's Life

Walk w'Elle will Celebrate Toddler's Life



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Deanie Wimmer ReportingThis weekend, the death of a 15-month-old girl will bring together a community. A family that found hope amid tragedy has found a way to extend it to others.

Fifteen-month-old Elle Hullinger toddled behind her mother's car last summer in the driveway. Her mother unknowingly backed over the girl.

Kirsten Hullinger, the girl's mother, said, "Of course we all miss her. And we knew we needed to move on and be happy for her. At the same time, we didn't want to forget her and her life."

Through the anguish, they eventually found a way to honor their little girl's memory.

Her father, Scott Hullinger, said, "Right after Elle died, there were two rainbows that appeared above our home. And this kind of signified to us to hope for a better day."

"We were given so much help and still are by so many community, family, friends, and we wanted to try and give back to somebody else," Kirsten said.

So they've organized a "Live w'Elle" fun run. It will raise scholarship money and offer hope for a better future to graduating high school students. They'll award the scholarships to kids who demonstrate the same toughness and determination that it's taken for a mother to endure these last few months.

Scott Hullinger said, "The things that she did, she did them with a broken heart, and she was half there, but she never quit."

One silver lining of all this is those parents and safety advocates hope more awareness can prevent driveway accidents.

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