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Local group helping to fight deadly disease

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MARION, IL -

The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,900 people and there's a local group fighting the disease on the front lines.

Since 2008, ‘Hands of Hope' has been spreading their faith through education and medical help in Liberia.

"We've put in wells, we rebuilt a school called the John Wesley School, and in 2010 we started the first clinic there and it's been running ever since," said Rev. Troy Benitone.

A clinic that has become vital in the fight against Ebola after the disease closed the three other hospitals in the region.

"We worked last march with 10 different nurses from CH Rainey which is the largest hospital in Margibi County, and seven of those nurses have passed away because of Ebola, they're dead,” said Rev. Benitone.

Dr. Jeffrey Parks was on that trip, and receives daily briefs on the disease. He says the country needs a helping hand before the disease spread out of Africa.

"The only way that we can really stop the spread of Ebola is to isolate the people that are sick and stop infecting other people,” said Dr. Jeffrey Parks. “If it spreads to other continents it most certainly could to America."

"This Ebola thing is out of control,” said Rev. Benitone. “We're collecting medical supplies, food supplies, we're actually looking for some generators so that they can keep running and have power to treat people. If people can step up and help us we can stop this disease."

On September 27th, ‘Hands of Hope' will be doing a fundraiser at Community of Faith Church with all of the proceeds going directly to fighting Ebola in Liberia.

For more information on ‘Hands of Hope,' click here.

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