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Helping Levi's legacy live on

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SIKESTON -- Family and friends are continuing fundraising efforts to help the legacy of Levi Stephen Collom live on.

From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 24, 10 percent of the sales at Chick-Fil-A in Cape Girardeau will be used to support "Levi's Adventure Trail," a future outdoor exhibit at the Discovery Playhouse Children's Museum in Cape Girardeau. Those who visit the restaurant during fund-raising hours must say they're there to support Levi.

The Benton preschooler and his family spent time in the play area of the restaurant on March 17, just hours before his sudden death. Ellen "Ellie" Collom said the medical examiner has ruled her son's death as an unknown or natural cause.

"He also said the cause is a possible complication from a febrile seizure," Collom said. For those who want to learn more about Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, Collom referred them to the organization's web site: www.sudc.org.

Inspired by Levi's love of camping with his family at the Current River, Levi's Adventure Trail will allow other children to enjoy the outdoors as Levi did, his mother said.

While at the river, Levi loved superheroes, trucks, trains, mandarin oranges and exploring caves. He liked to dig in the sand, explore creatures in the water, and play with his older sister, Victoria.

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