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The story of a teenage rodeo rider paralyzed in a July 11 fall continues to touch hearts across North Carolina, with the $81 million Carolina Postal Credit Union of Charlotte leading a CU-backed fund-raising campaign to help pay hospital bills.

So far, $15,000 had been contributed from credit unions in North Carolina and elsewhere on behalf of Kelly Blanton, 18, of Taylorsville, who suffered severe neck and spinal injuries in a fall at a Shawnee, Okla. rodeo. Blanton had been practicing for the International Finals Youth Rodeo competition.

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