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STUART, FL (WFLX)  A Stuart teenager is making strides to help someone she doesn't even know. Kara Russell is a senior at the Clark Advanced Learning Center. She hopes to be a doctor one day; however, she's already hard at work helping people. Kara is organizing a memorial walk to help the family of fallen Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn.

Vaughn, who went to high school in Martin County, was one of 30 American troops who died when their helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. He left behind his wife, Kimberly, and two young children, Reagan and Chamberlyn.

The walk will begin Saturday, November 19, at 9 a.m. at Flagler Park in Stuart. Kara felt this was not only something she wanted to do, but that this was something she needed to do. The 18-year-old Stuart resident lost her father to cancer when she was only eight years old. Her heart goes out to Vaughn's family.

"I know from having a single mother that they're going to have financial difficulties," she explained.

"I think it's amazing how he wasn't scared over there and how he knew he would be with God and that's a huge comfort to his family," she added. "I can't even imagine what he did over there and the courage it takes."

Kara is exercising courage herself. She hopes to attract hundreds of people to walk three miles along downtown Stuart to help Vaughn's family. She's asking $15 per walker or runner and hoping to raise $5,000. Jonathan Levy's law firm, Rosenthal, Levy and Simon, helped her with the setup costs.

"I think she's somebody that just really has a great heart and she has great potential to help a lot of people," said Levy.

"I think it is remarkable for a student her age to take on an endeavor like this," explained Aaron Vaughn's mother, Karen Vaughn.

Both she and Aaron's father, Billy, plan to be at the walk to meet the remarkable young woman who's doing so much for their family and to thank her on behalf of Aaron's wife, Kimberly.

"When she (Kimberly) found out that a young girl Kara's age put this together, she was absolutely blown away and just absolutely moved to tears," said Karen Vaughn.

"All the people in this county, the surrounding counties in the Treasure Coast, your love and concern and expressions of sympathy have been just a healing balm and I just praise God for every one of you," she added.

Registration for the walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, November 19, at Flagler Park in downtown Stuart. The cost is $15. The three mile walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, email Kara Russell at krussell@clarkalc.net

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