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Budweiser Clydesdales help deliver scholarships to fallen soldier's children

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The Lake Family: Andre, Linda (center), and Tamila (right) The Lake Family: Andre, Linda (center), and Tamila (right)
LAUREL, Md. -

On a quiet residential street in Laurel, Md., something magical happened Tuesday morning.

“I think it's cooler than seeing Santa Claus ride down the street,” said Tamila Lake.

It was something overwhelmingly positive for a family that has had a lot of heartbreak.

“I think he would be really proud and happy to see this,” said Lake.

She just finished middle school. Her brother, Andre, just graduated from high school. Their mother, Linda Lake, had to be both parents when her husband Sgt. First Class Floyd Lake died in Iraq in 2007.

“I try to live through the kids,” said Linda. “My husband would have been happy to know that his kids have been taken care of.”

The Budweiser Clydesdales delivered a $5,000 scholarship to each of the Lake kids. Budweiser is a major sponsor of a foundation called Folds of Honor.

Dan Rooney started the foundation.

“I always say the incredible irony in life is when you reach out to help someone in need,” he said. “We're actually the one that's being helped. Today fits right into that mold.”

Andre says he always tries to make life easier for his mom.

“Just do what I can. Help around the house, make sure I get good grades, make sure I am not the one stressing her out,” he said.

It was no stress but all fun when mom got to take a ride on the Clydesdales.

“I was excited. Felt like a little kid again,” she laughed.

Tamila and Andre were just kids when their dad died, but they have memories.

“I just remember having a lot of fun,” said Tamila. “I think he was one of the coolest dad's ever and I know that we looked up to him for sure.”

“He's a really cool guy to hang around,” Andre said. “Anybody would love him. He's a real family person. I just wish he was here. I miss spending time with him.”

The Clydesdales didn't just carry two scholarships. They are helping to carry on the legacy of Sgt. First Class Floyd Lake.

“There's nothing more to say but thank you,” Tamila said.


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