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Cheese Grater-Danbana Dash Donates $11,000 to the WW Health Foundation

Western Wisconsin Health Foundation (WW Health) is honored to be presented with a check for $11,000 from the Cheese Grater-Danbana Dash. The funds are designated to be used for mental health needs in the region. 

The Cheese Grater-Danbana Dash is an annual fundraising event in the fall run by Wanda and Terry Blaedorn and Paul Gerbec and Kelly Brenna. This fundraiser is held in memory of Wanda and Terry’s son Corey and Paul and Kelly’s son Dan, who both lost their lives to suicide.

The funds are raised in order to create awareness of suicide prevention and are distributed locally to various organizations. “We want to get the word out about suicide prevention so that no other family has to endure the pain that we are going through with the loss of Corey and Dan,” stated Wanda Blaedorn. The Cheese Grater-Danbana Dash was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the River Falls, WI American Legion. This year the event included a 5K Run/Walk, silent auction, and basket raffle, with live music throughout the day. Learn more about the Cheese Grater-Danbana Dash at cheesegratertriathlon.com.

The funds donated to the Western Wisconsin Health Foundation will be used towards mental health needs of WW Health patients, including mental health and crisis transportation, funding for behavioral health services and insurance deductibles, and helping with the teen resiliency program in the Baldwin-Woodville School District that will begin in January 2018.

WW Health is located in Baldwin, WI and offers comprehensive health and wellness services, including preventive care, behavioral health, primary care, emergency care, advanced surgical procedures, integrative health, orthopedic services, rehabilitation services, women’s health, and a fitness center and therapeutic pool.

The WW Health Behavioral Health team consists of four psychiatric professionals (two psychiatric nurse practitioners and two psychiatrists), two psychologists, and six behavioral health counselors. Our behavioral health team provides child, adolescent, individual, family, couples, and marital therapy services. 

Learn more about WW Health at wwhealth.org.

Pictured Left to Right: Alison Page, WW Health CEO, Paul Gerbec and Kelly Brenna, Wanda and Terry Blaedorn, Rosa Magnus, WW Health Development Manager, Maggie Cogbill, WW Health Director of Community Relations, Natasha Ward, WW Health Director of Community Health Improvement & Dr. Christopher Babbitt, WW Health Director of Behavioral Health & Psychologist

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