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Donations to help build home for disabled Marine

MOBILE (AP) — Marine Sgt. Greg Edwards, who lost both legs to an explosion while fighting in Iraq, plans to throw out the first ball at an Aug. 3 Mobile BayBears game thatís part of fundraising to build a customized home for his family.

More than $30,000 in donations have poured into area Regions Bank branches toward the construction of the house for the 24-year-old Edwards, his wife, Christina, and their two small children, a bank spokesman said.

Tickets to the BayBears-Birmingham Barons game honoring Edwards will go on sale June 25 at 44 Regions branches in southwest Alabama, according to Terry Ankerson, executive vice president of the bank. He said the tickets will be $8 each. Ankerson said that half of the ticket proceeds will benefit the building project, which is sponsored by Homes for Our Troops, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group.

Donations provide 50-60 percent of the construction cost, and Homes for Our Troops helps supply the remainder.

Edwards was wounded Oct. 22 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and is undergoing physical therapy at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Besides losing his legs, he lost 75 percent of the use of his left hand.

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