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Testimony to a Winner: The Dewey Kvidt Memorial Duathlon in Grand Forks

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Mark Dankof in San Antonio. Summer 2010.


     Back in the spring of 1967 in Hawaii, the two young stars for the Wheeler Air Force Base Little League team in Wahiawa were a couple of kids from the Midwest. The first kid, Dewey Kvidt, was the shortstop who hit 3rd in the lineup. The second youngster, from Iowa, was a first baseman and cleanup hitter named Mark Dankof.

     If you’re reading this, I assume you already know me. You probably don’t know my old friend.

     Dewey Kvidt was born in Minnesota on May 25, 1955. After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Computer Science, he became a fine husband, and loving father of a son and daughter. Known in Grand Forks, North Dakota, his hometown, as a pillar of the community and perpetual athlete-in-motion, he would pass away on September 6th, 2005, of acute myelogenous leukemia, for reasons known only to a gracious and mysterious Lord.

Dewey Kvidt of Grand Forks: 1955-2005. Mark Dankof's baseball teammate at Wheeler AFB Hawaii, Spring 1967.

     The Dewey Kvidt Memorial Duathlon  is now an annual event supported by tons of people in Grand Forks, as well as nationally. I invite you to visit the homepage, and tell your friends and colleagues about this most worthy endeavor on behalf of Altru’s Pediatric Therapy Services.

     Specifically, the Duathlon raises money to procure Universal Exercise Units (UEUs), also known as “spider cages.” Kids profiting by the use of these cages include children with cerebral palsy; traumatic brain injury; cerebral vascular accident injuries; autism; hemi paresis; sensory integration dysfunctions; and any muscular disorder affecting balance, endurance, and strength.

     The next Duathlon in Grand Forks is in June of 2011. Sign up, in any way you can.


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