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Program holds event to prevent substance abuse in Heartland

The event is a fundraiser, which helps the program's mission to prevent substance abuse within the Heartland. (Louis FInley/KTVO)

The Heartland Task Force held its annual Mothers and Sons Stampede on Thursday at Truman University Farms in Kirksville.

The event is a fundraiser, which helps the program's mission to prevent substance abuse within the Heartland.

"We try to create memorable experiences for parents and kids. There's a lot of research that shows when a community surrounds a kid and when a family embraces a kid they're less likely to use substances," said Board Member Jen Houser.

In its seventh year, this event complements the organization's "Daddy-Daughter" dance.

Over 300 families were expected to attend the event, which hosts various outdoor activities for attendees.

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