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Brazil woman receives plaque

Friday, August 31, 2012

One Brazil woman is overcoming her own disease while raising money for a local cause.

Dixie (Hendrickson) Rennick, a 1971 graduate of Brazil High School, recently received a plaque for raising more than $1,000 for the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes is an organization that helps mothers have full-term pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies.

This past year, Rennick raised a total of $1,056 by asking for donations from friends and acquaintances.

"I work at the Pilot on (State Road) 46," Rennick said. "Different drivers who I know have donated, and I asked friends for donations. Also, the union of the Terre Haute Police gave me a check for $500."

This isn't the only year Rennick has donated to and participated in the March of Dimes. She has been walking and raising money for four years, raising a total of around $2,500 for the cause.

"I got into it when a girl asked me to sponsor her and I decided I would do it myself," Rennick told The Brazil Times. "I collected over $500 that year."

Since then, Rennick has received three plaques honoring her for raising support for the March of Dimes.

Rennick was born with a muscle disease that didn't show up until she was in her 20s. The disease affects her arms, neck and shoulders, making it difficult to carry heavy objects.

"I had to teach myself to write left-handed at first because of my job (at the time)," she explained.

But despite her disease, Rennick keeps going and walks in the March of Dimes every April.

"I have a quote on my refrigerator that says, 'Focus on the things that you can do, not on the things you can't,'" Rennick said of her life motto.

She explained that co-workers notice when she comes into work hurting, but she keeps going.

"Most days I get up and don't want to go to work, but I do," she said. "I work 40 hours a week."

Rennick's job helps her meet people who are willing to donate to her cause.

"Police officers will often give me their last dollar, or some people will leave me all their change on the counter," she said. "Before the walk, I add up all that change. Every nickel and dime helps."

Rennick's goal for next year is to raise more than $2,000 for March of Dimes.

"If I can help a baby be born healthy and grow into a healthy adult, I'm going to do everything I can as long as the Lord is willing," she said. "All the money that is raised through this walk stays in the Wabash Valley."

Rennick, one of the two on her team that collects money, encouraged community members to support the cause.

"If somebody comes to you and asks you to sponsor them for the March of Dimes, give what you can," she said.

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Dixie: You're a beautiful person.

-- Posted by My Dime on Sun, Sep 2, 2012, at 3:54 AM

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