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Local companies reach out to family in need

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Since she was two-years-old, Hailey Nicole Dotson has had to deal with Rhabdomyosarcomo, a fast-growing highly malignant tumor that affects the soft tissues of the body.

Although she has received numerous kinds of treatments, six-year-old Hailey continues to struggle with the disease. Both of her parents work during the day to support her and pay for her hospital bills, which makes it difficult for them to spend time with their young daughter.

Angela Rowley and her husband, Cobey, who own Rowley Recycling, along with Jim Reeves of J&M Roofing had heard Hailey&8217;s heartbreaking story and decided to do something about it. Rowley said he went to high school with Hailey&8217;s mother, Amy, and felt like he should do something to help their family out.

This week, both companies will pool their efforts to collect aluminum cans, which will then be recycled using Rowley&8217;s equipment. Rowley said he was able to get a special rate for all materials collected for the drive and all proceeds from the donations will be given to the family.

Rowley said he felt driven to help because his own daughter, who is two-years-old is named Haley.

Rowley said he hopes their efforts will help take care of some living expenses and costs for the family, so they might be able to take some time off to be with their daughter during her illness.

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In addition to bringing cans to Rowley Recycling at the Industrial Park Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., interested donors can bring their cans to Wal-Mart on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Furthermore, donation cans are set up in different locations throughout the city to help with the cause.

If you would like more information call 334-289-9274.