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Warriors walk for Wyatt



Friends and family have organized a benefit walk to raise funds for a young boy who suffered a brainstem stroke in July.

The Warriors for Wyatt 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ohio Caverns, with proceeds going toward the acquisition of a service dog to assist in the recovery of eight-year-old Wyatt Wenger. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the cost is $30 per 5K walker or $15 for walk/fun run; each additional family member is $5. A hog roast begins at 11 a.m. and cavern tours also are available for $15.

Wyatt, son of Benjamin Logan graduates Meriah and Seth Wenger of North Lewisburg, formerly of Bellefontaine, suffered a debilitating brainstem stroke and spent a week in Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“Right now, he’s like a miracle child,” said grandmother Jo Miller of the boy she described as “perfectly healthy” before the stroke in July.

“We just really want to make people aware that a stroke can strike at any age.”

Since being discharged from the hospital, Wyatt developed complications and struggles to walk with joint pain on a daily basis. He also now suffers from shortness of breath.

Doctors continue to search for the cause of the original stroke and have prescribed numerous strong medications to stave off another stroke. Because of the medications, Wyatt cannot attend public school, play contact sports or be exposed to excessive germs as his immune system has been compromised.

The Wenger family has partnered with Buckeye Service Dogs of Sunbury to adopt a service dog for the boy to assist him with walking around, retrieving objects, and to provide companionship for the youth who is isolated from his friends.

Preregister by Nov. 13 via Warriors for Wyatt, 6512 Reid Road, North Lewisburg 43060. For more information, call Meriah Wenger at 747-2619 or Jo Miller at 935-4799.

The Wyatt Wenger Service Dog Fund has been established at the Peoples Savings and Loan in West Liberty.

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