TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Getting the word out about the importance of March of Dimes one race at a time – Jeff Winchester is a family man living right here in the Wabash Valley.
About two weeks ago, News 10’s Brittany Earl tagged along during one of his training sessions. Winchester is training for five duathlons; that’s a ‘run-bike-run’ where he will run and bike a total of 72 miles.
He says he is trying to raise awareness for the March of Dimes in what he calls “du-ing it for babies.”
But the true inspiration is his daughter, Delaney. She was born full-term but with under-developed lungs.
“When you get to the point where your tired and it hurts really, really bad…my daughter that she went through what she went through she’s my motivation daily,” Winchester said. “She’s the one that had to go through that…it’s not fair for me to say my legs hurt my lungs hurt…when hers didn’t even work properly to begin with. If she can fight through it from day one I can fight through at 4 or 5 a.m. I’m doing my part like she had to do her partNow, it is the community that is backing his cause and that’s where this story continues. On Thursday, Winchester received the chance to take his message to a whole new level.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is officially sponsoring him because they believe in him and his message.
“To give him an audience to kick off and bring awareness to what he’s trying to accomplish; what he’s accomplished with his own weight and health and what he’s trying to accomplish with the march of dimes,” said Dottie King, SMWC president.
The kick-off was also a celebration for the March of Dimes walk.
Winchester’s journey is an example of what the March of Dimes is all about using motivation to do more, to help others – “du-ing it for babies.”
By the end of this year Winchester will have completed five duathlons and donated thousands of dollars to the local March of Dimes chapter.
You can donate to his cause at this link.
The March of Dimes walk is this Saturday at Indiana State University’s Memorial Stadium. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and registration starts at 9 a.m.