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Special shirts to help Boston victims prepped for shipping

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Boilermaker 2013 is racing closer and those famed "sweat shirts" that read a secret message when wet are already sold out.

The message being told is in honor of the Boston Marathon bombing victims and as the shirts get wet, they will read out "Run for Boston" on the back.

On Tuesday, the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) volunteered their employees to fold and package t-shirts for the Boilermaker Road Race. The people working on the project were not only gaining some experience and useful skills, but helping out those in need after the bombings as well.

Bruce Jester, a volunteer and a production worker at the Association says he is more than happy to help.

"It's a great honor to be able to help out in a situation that was very traumatic for everyone," Jester said.

Tim Reed, the Executive Director of the Boilermaker, believes this is a win-win situation for everyone. Surprised by the overwhelming response the shirts have had, he believes without CABVI, it would have taken them weeks to package the shirts.

CABVI is a place that people usually go to seek out help, whether it be for something like vision loss or therapy. Tuesday, however, the blind and visually impaired community was giving back.

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