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Family of boy who became face of water crisis moving out of city

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Ariana Hawk said it's painful to leave the city she's called home nearly all of her life.

But with no immediate end in sight to the Flint's water crisis - she says it's time to move her family out of town.

“It was a hard decision, but I’m making the decision for my kids’ sake,” Hawk said.

Hawk said it's been hard enough for to bath her son Sincere. He was featured on the front page of TIME Magazine. He has a skin condition that has become worse since Flint's water became contaminated with lead.

Now, with the arrival of her third child in the next few weeks, Hawk said she must do what's best for her children.

“I would rather us just move so we can have our life back,” Hawk said.

Although Hawk said life has gotten a little bit easier from the many volunteers that have donated water, she said she's looking forward to getting back to a normal life of showering, bathing and drinking water from her faucet without worrying about what it may be doing to her and her young children.

“I want them to just be able to have the normal experience of childhood, growing up, being able take baths, being able to brush their teeth,” Hawk said.

But before she goes, Hawk said she plans to give the water away that was given to her.

She said she hopes and prays the residents of Flint, especially those who are not fortunate enough to be able to move out, can also live worry free from contaminated water running through their homes.

"Just pray about it... that's all I can pretty much do," Hawk said.

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