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Putnam County, WV students honor woman who died of breast cancer

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Winfield, WV high school student Michael Terry had always dreamed of working with robots. His mom Carla Hunt helped make that dream come true a few years ago, helping with the organizational aspects of starting the Putnam Area Robotics Team. Michael was one of the original members.

"We barely existed we had only eight members," said Dennis Chertkovsky, about the first year the team built a robot for competition. "I would often see Carla helping out not with the building but with the organization."

This year the team designed a robot that they took all the way to the World Robotics Competition in St. Louis, MO. They named the robot Carla in honor of Carla Hunt. Hunt died May 4, 2013 following a battle with breast cancer.

"Last year she told me she was proud of me and all I had been doing in robotics and so hopefully she is looking down on us and smiling right now," said Michael Terry, about his mother.

Michael Terry said his mom always had a "can do" attitude. Which he said makes it even more fitting that this particular robot is named after her. Missing school because of the water crisis and snow put the team at a serious disadvantage. But they were able to work together and design a robot in almost half the time allowed. But nothing would get in the way of a team on a mission and a son's love for his mom.

"We adapt and we keep trying and I will always be there for my mother," Terry said.

His fellow team members are thankful for the opportunity to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

"People all around the world know about Carla because people ask 'why did you name your robot Carla' and we get to spread her story," said team member Bobbi Jo Mitchell.

The kids had hoped to have Carla the robot with them in the Susan G. Komen Race in Charleston, WV Saturday. But they've learned the robot won't be shipped back in time from St. Louis where the world competition took place.