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IOWA STRONG: Car parade for group home in quarantine

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) - The private Facebook event started with, "an excuse to get out of the house, for a great reason." Friends and Family of Todd Fudge wanted to surprise him with a car parade.

Fudge has cerebral palsy , and is housed in a Dubuque group home. Fudge can't see his friends or family due to a voluntary COVID-19 quarantine. Fudge's Sister-In-Law, Kristina Fudge, planned the car parade after hearing Todd's sadness.

"Todd is an extremely social person, when I talked to him the other day on the phone, he just broke down crying hysterically," Kristina said.

Kristina says the parade reached many ears, with even strangers showing support.

Todd's cousin, Christine Rapp, says one of his favorite past times is live concerts.

"If you've been anywhere in Dubuque at a live rock show, you've seen him in the front row with his drumsticks," Rapp said.

Parade-Goers gave encouragement in different ways, even with posters of Todd's favorite band Kiss.

Keeping Social-Distancing in mind, Todd and his housemates are able to enjoy a little bit of rock and roll.

"While we know we don't want to social distance, we know we have to do it. It would just break my heart if I lost somebody in my family because I wasn't taking the right steps," Kristina said.

Kristina says the group home has already been in a voluntary quarantine for the past couple of weeks, but still has a couple more to go.

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Vinny Lowerre

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