To the city of Webster and surrounding communities
As some of you are aware, our son J.T. and daughter-in-law, Tiffani, were pregnant with twins. (The kids graduated Webster High School in 2010 and 2011 respectively.) The twins were born at the age of 23 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy. Unfortunately, Teddy got his shiny set of angel wings after 36 hours. Loretta was born 1 pound, 3 ounces on 9-10-17. She is still fighting strong and doing as well as a young baby can do at that age.
Since Loretta (and Tiffani) will be staying at United Hospital in St. Paul for the next three months, the Webster cross-country team decided they wanted to help them out and do a fundraiser to help with some of the expenses. They started “Laps 4 Loretta” and the plan was hatched. Coach Roy Ward helped plan it and on Friday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m., they started running at the high school track.
Not only did the high school and middle school teams run, but their younger/older brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, family and friends joined them! The next two hours were amazing. We couldn’t believe how many people were on the track and sidelines running and walking, smiling and laughing and genuinely having a good time to help out someone most of them have never met.
After it was done, the official results were – CC teams ran 999 laps, 249.75 miles; coaching staff ran 93 laps, 23.25 miles; family and friends ran 229 laps, 57.25 miles for a whopping total of over 1,321 laps! They raised more than $4,000 for a local resident because of their wonderful community support!
We are overwhelmed and humbled by the response of our community. Webster is a loving, generous and caring place to live. We are so grateful to live here!
God bless you all,
John and Jodi Elmgren,
JT and Tiffani and
little Loretta Elmgren