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IBM employees kick-off charitable contribution campaign

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- IBM employees in Rochester kicked off their charitable contribution campaign.

Some IBM employees took an early lunch Wednesday as they filled the cafeteria in an effort to make a difference.

Organizers say the theme of this year's event is "I am in." Jen O'Hara, who lost her daughter Shannon to brain stem cancer, spoke to employees. O'hara said Shannon fought to "make a difference" until the very end, and the O'Hara family carries on that vow today through their organization.

"Yes obviously our story is a sad one. Shannon is not a survivor. But the lessons she taught us and the lessons the community taught us and the kindness of others taught us really is story of hope and inspiration," O'Hara said.

After this personal story, IBM'ers filled backpacks for Channel One Food Shelf and Food Bank. Organizers say they're filling 5,000 of these backpacks for children in need.

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