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Marshfield Clinic supports the Girls on the Run program

September 24, 2019

Marshfield Clinic Health System recently made contributions totaling $2,500 to support the Girls on the Run North-Central (GOTR North-Central) organization.

GOTR benefits communities across the United States and Canada through its network of over 200 councils. Each council is committed to the mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event.

Part of the contribution came from Marshfield Clinic Health System’s Employee Volunteer Program. 

“The program recognizes employees who volunteer their time and talents to organizations that help to enrich the lives and improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve,” said Kate Hansen, community benefits coordinator, Marshfield Clinic Health System.

Three Health System staff; Kate Hansen, Renee Trapp and Deana Jansa, volunteered as team coaches for GOTR at both Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Lake Tomahawk and Arbor Vitae-Woodruff schools in the spring of this year. The Health System also made its annual contribution for GOTR of $500. In addition, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls also donated $500 for the program in the Chequamegon School District.

“The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness,” GOTR council director Kelly Seeliger said. “The funds from this donation will contribute to scholarships for families in need, coach training and teaching supplies, run expenses, healthy snacks, curriculum guides and  CPR training for coaches, operational costs and general implementation of the program.”

“Because of the generous gift from Marshfield Clinic, we will be able to offer our program to families who otherwise would not be able to afford it,” Seeliger continued. “Every year, almost two-thirds of our participants receive financial assistance. These funds are critical for our organization to continue to educate and empower the girls of our community, giving them the tools they need to become the confident young women they were meant to be.”

“These donations were made to assist a successful program that enhances the physical, emotional, and social health of the girls in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Mike Schaars, regional medical director, Marshfield Clinic Health System. 

GOTR of the Northwoods recently expanded programming into Wood and Price counties, and is looking for board members to help support the program in Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau and Park Falls.  For more information about the program, visit www.GOTRnorthwoods.org or find them on Facebook at “Girls on the Run North-Central.”

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