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'Tears to Water' hour-long special airs on News 8

Special highlights water well construction in Uganda

Tears to Water

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Jesse Parker, a 17-year-old Tomah High School student was an athlete and had dreams of service to social causes. Jesse's life and dreams were cut short when he was tragically killed in a car crash on his way home from a family vacation on July 4, 2009.

During his life, Jesse impacted many others through his compassion, support for social causes, and protection of those in need. He planned a life of service as an engineer, providing clean water through the Peace Corps.

Jesse's family and community worked to bring Jesse's dreams to reality and created a "Ripple of Hope" providing many types of support to individuals, charities and organizations locally and internationally. The 5th annual Remembering Jesse Parker run was held on Saturday, June 28.

News 8 Anchor Mike Thompson and Photojournalist Travis Kobs traveled to Busolo, Uganda to highlight the impact of Jesse's legacy and what his family and community have created. The hour-long special aired on Monday, August 11. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m. on WKBT and on Sunday, August 24 at 9 p.m. on MyNetworkTV.

You can also check out special coverage at: www.news8000.com/tears-to-water. And follow #TearstoWater on Twitter.


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