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Northwoods Residents Walk in March of DimesSubmitted: 04/20/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

Northwoods Residents Walk in March of Dimes
Photos By Shardaa Gray

WAUSAU - It wasn't exactly nice weather to walk in, but that didn't stop Northwoods residents doing it anyway to raise awareness for babies born too soon, or with illnesses.

"The walk was actually pretty fun considering it was so cold," said march participant, Jodi Sleznikow.

"I had a lot of coworkers and other people that we know that were walking along side of us and it kinda got to be a long three mile walk with our three kids, but it was really fun.

This is the 75th anniversary for the March of Dimes.

The money raised supports programs to help moms complete healthy, full-term pregnancies.

It also funds research to find answers for serious problems that threaten babies.

"As a mother of four children and I lost my first, I just feel that this is a great organization," March of Dimes Fundraiser, Jean Hasler said.

"A lot of people may have forgotten about that because of all the other nonprofit organizations. I think this is just a wonderful cause."

Marcus Brennan was born weighing one pound, ten ounces.

He's now a healthy three-year-old and his nurse says it's pretty amazing to see him walking.

"His heart had stopped. He needed a pace maker. Just to see him here and to see him running around like every other child, is pretty special," said Nadal Nurse, Sarah Walder.

"He was probably one of the longest babies that we've had and we all got to know him in the NICU. So he holds a special place in our hearts."


If you missed the march, Stevens Point, Green Bay and Eau Claire will hold their own April 27th.

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