Battle of the Badges Middleton

The 6th Annual Battle of the Badges fundraiser for local families affected by childhood disease is right around the corner!  This year, we are raising funds for 6-year old Bennie, who is a miracle child with a true fighting spirit.  On Saturday, August 12, 2017, we will team up with Middleton Fire & EMS to bring the community together for this special child & his family.  There will be a 5K fun run/walk at 8:30am & a police vs fire softball game at 10am.  There will be concessions, silent auction, games, prizes & much more!  Sign up for the 5K & find out more at

Bennie was born early due to pregnancy complications & has had an uphill battle ever since.  He was born not breathing & was very sick & had to be placed on a ventilator.  After seeing numerous doctors & specialists, he was diagnosed with Chromosome 14Q Deletion. Bennie's family quickly found out that this meant he was missing an entire piece of a chromosome, which brought with it many sub-diagnoses.

Over the past five years, Bennie has seen about 20 specialists & had over a dozen surgeries.  He has lung disease, brain lung thyroid syndrome, chorea, brain damage, scoliosis & many other conditions that have rendered him non-verbal with a slim chance of ever walking or talking.

Bennie lives in Madison with his mom & dad, Mary & Rick, and siblings Samuel & Samantha.  He also has adult siblings, Andrew & Allison who are going to college in the Madison area.

Please join us on Saturday, August 12, for the 5K & softball game.  Together, we can make a difference for Bennie & his family!!


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Organizer and beneficiary

Keith Cleasby
City of Middleton, WI
Mary Ellen Briggs-Pomo

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