Amber and Tony Bender had their hearts broken in 2007 when they lost their toddler to 10-month battle with cancer. From that day forward, they've been making a difference.

The Quad City natives have known each other their whole lives and both graduated from Rock Island High School. Now they live with their family in Kingwood, Texas, but will be returning to the QC with Addi's Faith Foundation.

The charity is named for their nearly two-year-old daughter who passed away, Addison Faith Bender. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to bringing about the end of childhood cancer. The Foundation has raised $1.6 million in just under 10 years.

On Sunday, September 30th, Addi's Faith is hosting the Addison Faith Bender Inaugural Walk by Faith at the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley.

“We have always wanted to go on the road, come home and make a difference," Amber Bender told the Dispatch-Argus. “Addi loved animals, especially monkeys. It shows in the logo we use. The perfect setting for a run/walk is Niabi Zoo and all that it represents. And to have an event where we grew up and still have family and friends makes it even better."

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