North Judson Woman Walking to Raise Funds for MDA

Melissa Bogart (right), mother Pam Bogart (middle), and niece Adilyn Howard (left).
Melissa Bogart (right), mother Pam Bogart (middle), and niece Adilyn Howard (left).
To honor the memory of her father who passed away from muscular dystrophy, Melissa Bogart of North Judson will be walking at the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association event to raise money for research that, hopefully, can one day control or even cure the life-threatening disease.

Bogart’s father, Neil William Bogart, passed away from the effects of muscular dystrophy at the age of 56, and Bogart is honoring his memory by walking at the event held at Coveleski Stadium. A customer service representative at IU Health Starke Hospital said it was difficult watching Neil cope with an illness that was not well-understood. Bogart herself has also been diagnosed with the disease but it has not prevented her from living her life, as she works a full-time job and raises her family as a single parent of two.

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Wilburn Smith

Wilburn Smith, 73, of Tippecanoe, Indiana formerly of Grovertown, Indiana passed away Saturday, August 17, 2012.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel.  Visitation is Tuesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. CT and Wednesday after 11:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be given to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or to the Eagle Creek Church.