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Spina Bifida organization to hold Bowl-A-Thon


by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (PRESS RELEASE)-- Spina Bifida Northern Wisconsin (SBNW) will be holding its 29th annual bowl-a-thon on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coral Lanes in Schofield, Wisconsin.  The public is invited to attend and show support while participating in various special raffles throughout the afternoon.   And anyone wishing to contribute a donation or bowl-a-thon prize can contact Terry Vullings at 359-9674 or Rob Rasmussen at 212-1494.

Spina bifida is a spinal cord birth defect affecting approximately 1 in 1,000 births each year, making it the most common of all birth defects.   The birth defect occurs very early in pregnancy, about three to four weeks after conception, before most women know that they are pregnant.

SBNW's annual bowl-a-thon serves as the area group's major fundraiser.   Proceeds from this event benefit SBNW children with spina bifida and their families by funding spina bifida educational efforts, respite care, camperships, retreats, scholarships, and medical equipment and miscellaneous medical-related expenses not covered by insurance.

All of the children with spina bifida and their families who make up the SBNW membership reside throughout central, northern and western Wisconsin.   One of the SBNW members, Noah Eckelberg (resides in Spencer, WI), has been chosen as one of the four 2010 Children's Miracle Network's "Miracle Children."   Another SBNW member, Matthew Hass (resides in Wausau, WI), was one of the 2007 Children's Miracle Network's "Miracle Children."

 More information on spina bifida can be found at www.spinabifidaassociation.org.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio 

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