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Heartland mother honors son with Kenya soccer team

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Last year, Dunn traveled from Bollinger County to Kenya for a medical mission trip. She met a group of orphan boys who happened to love soccer, or as they call it, football. Last year, Dunn traveled from Bollinger County to Kenya for a medical mission trip. She met a group of orphan boys who happened to love soccer, or as they call it, football.
Dunn's son Aaron played soccer for years. So she decided to sponsor an official soccer team in his name for the orphan boys in Kenya. Dunn's son Aaron played soccer for years. So she decided to sponsor an official soccer team in his name for the orphan boys in Kenya.
Dunn and her church family helped raise money to buy the 18 boys on the team new uniforms. Dunn and her church family helped raise money to buy the 18 boys on the team new uniforms.
Each boy got brand new uniform shirts, shorts, socks and shoes, all for about $35 dollars for each child. Each boy got brand new uniform shirts, shorts, socks and shoes, all for about $35 dollars for each child.
BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

"I think since Aaron died, my biggest fear is that people will forget him," said Dani Dunn.

Ever since Dunn's teenage son Aaron McKinney died in a car wreck, she's tried to think of ways to keep his spirit alive.

Last year, Dunn traveled from Bollinger County to Kenya for a medical mission trip. She met a group of orphan boys who happened to love soccer, or as they call it, football.

"Aaron's two biggest passions in life were to help people and to play soccer," said Dunn.

Dunn's son Aaron played soccer for years. So she decided to sponsor an official soccer team in his name for the orphan boys in Kenya.

"It gives them a purpose, but it also gives me a purpose too," said Dunn.

Dunn said she knows for these Kenyan boys, soccer is more than just a game.

"Gang and crime is a big problem there so if they have nothing to do, they of course fall into the wrong hands fall into gangs and a life of crime, I just feel like this gives them something to do," said Dunn.

Dunn and her church family helped raise money to buy the 18 boys on the team new uniforms. Each boy got brand new uniform shirts, shorts, socks and shoes, all for about $35 dollars for each child.

"Some of these kids were playing barefoot, some of them were playing in mismatched shoes, socks were certainly a luxury," said Dunn.

The liaison between the boys and Dunn emailed a picture Wednesday of the boys in their new uniforms as they prepare to play their first official league this Saturday.

"I'm over here cheering them on and I've told them their biggest fan base is right here in the United States," said Dunn.

The team of 18 boys all playing in honor of Dunn's son.

"They've promised me a trophy," said Dunn.

Next, Dunn wants to raise money to give nets to the team for their soccer goals.

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