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      Local musicians host Christmas concert to benefit terminally ill kids

      Back in 2008, three-year-old Cole Routsala, an Ironwood toddler, lost his life to a terminal illness.

      Although Cole is no longer with us, his memory lives on, thanks to his parents.

      They created the C.O.L.E.??s Foundation in his honor, providing financial, emotional and spiritual support to kids and their families dealing with a medical illness. Currently 1,200 kids with a terminal illness are being assisted by the organization.

      Now the foundation, dedicated to helping others, is asking for help in return.

      They're having a Christmas concert Saturday, December 7, and all proceeds will benefit their organization. There is also a CD available of the songs being performed called Cole's Foundation "Comfort and Joy" Christmas Album.

      "When some local musicians said they want to do a concert to benefit C.O.L.E.??s Foundation, we were super excited," said Aaron Ruotsala, Cole??s father and the founder of C.O.L.E.??s Foundation.

      The concert will be at the Ironwood Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. They are available at the door, online and Maplewood Steakhouse in Ironwood.