Mobridge Residents Working Hard for Charities and Awareness

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MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) Area residents Karen Vogel and Corrina Beck are working hard to raise money for charities and awareness.

First Karen will be participating in the March of Dimes, March for Babies in Aberdeen on Saturday April 12th with all donations going to the March of Dimes to help with funding for research for various birth defects, premature birth, or baby deaths. If you would like to help raise money for the cause go to the March of Dimes website for Karen’s specific page.

Here is Karen’s story for the March of Dimes:

“I woke up one morning to get ready for work like I always did. I went into the bathroom to do my hair and go potty. I was 10 weeks early and all of a sudden I had a large amount of blood on my bathroom floor. My husband and I took off for Aberdeen where our OBGYN was I didn’t feel the baby move all morning and our hearts sunk as I was still bleeding not as bad but still bleeding. We made it on the other side of Leola and I remember my belly moving sideways and I yelled out IT’S ALIVE! My husband smacking his hands on the steering wheel and almost in tears as we thought we lost our baby. We got to Aberdeen and they told us I was in labor and they couldn’t handle any babies this early so they flew me to Sioux Falls. Where I remained on bed rest until I had my beautiful baby girl 6 weeks early. She was born with an Immune Deficiency and Jaundice. After about 2 weeks were able to bring her home on a heart and lung monitor. But we were still in and out of the hospital with many different lung illnesses.

BrookeLynn is now 11 years old and healthy. She enjoys wrestling, dance, band, Chorus, school, basketball and Girl Scouts. She is a very strong girl that overcame many obstacles and I am glad I was able to share our story with you.”

The second one will be on April 13th also in Aberdeen. Karen will be doing the Polar Plunge and if she meets her goal for donations, Mobridge Police Department Captain and Sheriff Candidate Al Bohle said he would take the plunge as well. The money raised from the Polar Plunge benefits kids in South Dakota for the Special Olympics. There are several kids in the area that participate and Karen states it would be great to have the community help back this. For more information on this event go to this website where you can make your donation.

Here is Karen’s story for Special Olympics South Dakota:

“The reason I have decided to take the plunge is for my nephew Andrew. (nephew by love not by blood). At the age of 2 1/2 months old he was shaken by a man named Matt and suffered traumatic brain injury in which has caused him to have a variety of disabilities ( Cerebral Palsy, autism, and behavioral and learning disabilities. Andrew loves playing his sports which are funded  through the Special Olympics. He loves track and field, swimming, bowling, and basketball. The Special Olympics give him along with the other kids participating a chance to experience competition. It gives everyone a chance to shine and encourages them to never give up no matter what.  I think everyone can learn something by participating in or watching the Special Olympics as it truly is a great experience for everyone.”

Corrina Beck shares her story:

“I’m going outside of my comfort zone and sharing my very personal experience, in hopes of rallying support for a great cause.
Last April my husband Matt and I found out that we were pregnant with our second child. In August, Matt and our 4 year old McKenna went with me to my doctor’s appointment to find out the sex of the baby. I’m so crazy about our daughter McKenna, so I was thrilled to find out that we were having another girl. At the time, McKenna’s favorite color nail polish was Emerald green and so when I asked her what names she liked for the baby, she had just one. Emerald. This became the baby’s nickname amongst our family and friends. I suggested this be her name after birth, but knew that Matt would never go for such a non-traditional name. I had a couple health issues during my pregnancy, but I had the same issues when pregnant with McKenna and so I didn’t over worry about the pregnancy. Starting in October I had weekly doctor’s appointments and each week we got to see Emerald and each week the doctor said how well she was doing. I believe the word “over achiever” was even used. She was a very active baby, and so much like her big sister. I remember at one of the ultrasounds the tech commenting on how much hair she had. Really, I thought. They can tell how much hair she had in an ultrasound. That’s amazing. Emerald’s due date was December 11, but my doctor had said that they would induce on December 9 if she hadn’t come on her own. At my appointment on November 29 she was doing well. Two days later (Sunday) I started to have what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions. I still had them on Monday and had assumed that because they weren’t closer together and hadn’t become intense, that they were just that, Braxton Hicks. Monday, December 2 was the last time that I felt her kick me. Tuesday I was busy trying to get the last of my sessions edited before taking maternity leave. When I hadn’t felt her kick all day, Matt and I decided that it would be best to head to the hospital that evening. We dropped McKenna off with family, called our Pastor to pray for the baby and start the prayer chain and ventured over 100 miles in a blizzard to the hospital. I’m one of those people that when I pray, I try to be more thankful for the blessings that I have rather then ask for the things I don’t. But as we drove to the hospital I begged, “Please God, let her be okay.” Even though I knew something was wrong, I prayed that prayer over and over again. When we got to the hospital they confirmed our fears, they were unable to find her heartbeat. How could this have happened? How could I have carried her for 38 weeks, 6 days just for her to die now? How? On Wednesday, December 4 at 12:18 p.m. I gave birth to a baby girl. She was 8 lbs. 8 oz., 21 ½ inches long and had a head full of dark brown hair. And she was beautiful! McKenna loved Emerald through my tummy and was an amazing big sister. During our pregnancy, Matt and I had a couple of names picked out, more common names, but once we knew we couldn’t keep her, the only name that seemed appropriate was Emerald. With McKenna in mind, we named her Emerald Kennedi Beck.
To say the least this experience has been devastating for me, but I refuse to let this change me in a negative fashion. That being said, I’d like to announce PROJECT EMERALD. On April 12 the March of Dimes will be hosting a March for Babies in Aberdeen, SD. The funds raised go towards research to find answers to the problems that threaten babies and goals of preventing those issues, as well as bring awareness to these issues. My family and I will be walking in memory of Emerald. I’m announcing a contest to raise funds to go towards the March for Babies, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the March of Dimes.
1st Place: A full session with me, a release of all digital images on a disc and a 16×20 metallic print on canvas.
2nd Place: A Mini Session with me and a release of all digital images on a disc.
3rd Place: A 16×20 metallic print on canvas.
We will be selling the PROJECT EMERALD bracelets for $1 each. For every bracelet purchased, your name will go into a drawing for these prizes. Purchase 10 bracelets, your name will go in ten times. If you send me a photo to share of you wearing or utilizing your bracelet, I will put your name in the drawing two more times. McKenna will announce the winners on April 1. Please consider donating to this worthy cause or message me with any questions you have. I’m happy to mail these as well. I feel truly blesses to have such wonderful family, friends and clients. Thank you so much for your support! “

Here is the link for the Project Emerald Facebook page.


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  1. Karen Vogel Reply

    I also have jars where people can donate to the Polar Plunge located on the tables at Merkels Foods and Payless foods. Then also by the cash registers at Luckys, Gas N Goodies, and Pets N Stuff in Mobridge. Thanks!