Hundreds join Indiana walk honoring SeaWorld trainer killed by whale

In this photo taken on Dec. 30, 2005, Dawn Brancheau, a whale trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park, poses while performing. Brancheau was killed in an accident with a killer whale at the SeaWorld Shamu Stadium Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Julie Fletcher)

In this photo taken on Dec. 30, 2005, Dawn Brancheau, a whale trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park, poses while performing. Brancheau was killed in an accident with a killer whale at the SeaWorld Shamu Stadium Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Julie Fletcher)

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — More than 200 people turned out for a fundraising walk toward a memorial foundation established by the family of SeaWorld Orlando trainer from northwestern Indiana killed last year when she was pulled underwater by a whale.

People brought along dozens of dogs for the walk Sunday at a Merrillville park honoring Dawn Brancheau.

Diane Gross of Schererville tells The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/qE3fBC ) that her sister was a dog lover and that she had no idea how many lives she touched.

The walk raised several thousand dollars, which Gross says will be split between a children's home in Chicago, the Boys and Girls Club in her hometown of Cedar Lake, a planned dog park in Schererville and a scholarship at Andrean High School, from which she graduated.

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