Tully (WSYR-TV) - From running at a Kenyan refugee camp to running through the windy roads of Central New York to surpassing some of the fastest athletes in the country, Lopez Lomong has become the talk of the Olympics for people in Tully.
And now people in the community have found a way to give back to the Tully High School graduate who’s done so much to help others.
“This year I thought T-shirts would be a great opportunity to raise money for his charity in Sudan,” said Katie Hatch, Lomong’s friend and former classmate.
The idea began on a computer screen at Holy Shirt.
Hatch spent more than $2,000 to create shirts and nearly every day she drives back and forth to deliver the shirts to her hometown, to not only help show her support for Lomong but to help charity, 4 South Sudan.
"Hearing Lopez's story and the unrest and torture he had to go through it means a lot for us to give back and show our support for Lopez,” Hatch said.
The “Pride of Tully” T-shirts are available at Encore Video on Elm Street in Tully. They can also be ordered online.