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Friday, March 01, 2013 1:45 PM

OTTOVILLE — Emma Wenzlick, daughter of Brian and Jill Wenzlick and sister of Hannah, is a young, cheerful 10-year-old girl who loves crafts and giggling with her friends.

However, her life is currently very different from all of the rest of her fourth-grade classmates. In January 2010, Wenzlick developed severe neck and back pain. After multiple trips to Dayton Children’s and Columbus Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Rheumatologist Dr. Charles Spencer was able to find the source of her pain. She was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis in October 2010.

Juvenile Dermatomoysitis is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 5,000 children in the United States. The primary symptoms of this disease are weak muscles and skin rash.

Unfortunately, Wenzlick’s weakness is so severe that she is only able to attend school two hours a day on a good week. Because she has an autoimmune disease, her immune system is very weak and she is more prone to developing infections. The medications that are given to help treat this disease are also immunosuppressive and this causes her to get sick more frequently and for longer periods of time than most children.

To help with the family’s ongoing medical expenses, The Ottoville Mother’s Club will sponsor a 5K and ½-mile fun run/walk on March 23 at the Ottoville Park called “Emma’s Rainbow Run.”

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K race starting at 10 a.m. and the ½0mile fun run/walk beginning at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate in either run/walk.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register by March 15 and can pick up a race entry form at the Ottoville Post Office or can visit Emma’s website for an entry form.

This will be a family friendly event with other activities including a silent auction/raffle, bake sale and 50/50 drawing held the morning of the race. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be served for those that would like to purchase a meal. Donations are currently being accepted for the silent auction/raffle. Contact Michelle Kortokrax at 419-234-7600 to make a donation. Baked goods items are also welcome and can be dropped off at the Ottoville Parish Center Fitness Room fom 6-9 p.m. on March 22 or the morning of the race. To make a cash donation, send a check payable to “Emma’s Rainbow Run” and mail to Tammy Saxton, 18321 Road R24, Fort Jennings OH 45844.

Additional information regarding Wenzlick’s disease and her journey is available by visiting


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