June 14th 2006 Muscatine child, Erika-Kate Maynard passed away from a failed heart transplant. The young child’s death led to her parents starting the Erika-Kate Foundation. Last week’s Quad City Marathon had more of a Muscatine connection than just the Muscatine residents who ran in the race. The Erika-Kate Foundation began a relationship with the Quad City Marathon five years ago. From her diagnosis to her passing and all the medications, doctor’s appointments and hospitalizations in between, the experience overwhelmed the Maynard’s. They endured a great deal of emotional, physical and financial stress. They were struck by the lack of resources available to help families cope with the difficulties of a situation like Erika’s.
Today, their daughter’s legacy is the Erika-Kate Hope Alliance. The Erika-Kate Foundation’s entrance into the Quad City Marathon began five years ago and was intended to be a memorial experience. Each year, their presence in the race has resulted in the foundation being named a co-beneficiary three years ago. Last week the foundation had 106 participants on Team Erika-Kate and through sponsorships and individual fundraising efforts, merchandise sold and donation from the Quad City Marathon they raised roughly $20,000.
The Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in northern Cedar County making this the fourth location where this invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. The EAB kills all Ash species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. Iowans are strongly cautioned not to transport fire wood across county or state lines since the movement of fire wood throughout Iowa or to other states poses the greatest threat to quickly spread the beetle even further.
The Muskies play tonight on the road versus Pleasant Valley. Approximate start time is 7:30 PM. Remember you can listen live on Muscatine’s own 93.1 FM!