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‘Pennies by Inch’ launched

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Primary Children's Medical Center kicked off its 80th annual "Pennies by the Inch" campaign Friday morning.

Last Christmas, Natalie Wood, 9, was diagnosed with a spinal cord disease called transverse myelitis. She spent three weeks in rehabilitation to regain her strength and mobility.

Friday, she kicked off the campaign, in which volunteers collect coins and bills to help children from Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada receive care.

Last year, PCMC provided more than $9.3 million in charity care. More than $1 million of it was generated by "Pennies by the Inch."

The campaign runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Contributions may be made to neighborhood volunteers who go door-to-door or sent directly to Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0249. For information, call 588-3674.