Battle of the Badges 2016
Neighbors Helping Neighbors

BoB_Dickeys Fundraiser

It's that time of year again!!... Battle of the Badges, founded in 2012, was started as a charity softball game between the Middleton Police Department & Middleton Fire District.  In 2014, a charity 5K fun run/walk was added, which is run prior to the softball game.  In addition to having a fun, family-friendly event to bring the community & their emergency responders from Police, Fire & EMS together, the main purpose of the event is to raise awareness & funds to assist local families affected by childhood diseases.

One of our major fundraisers is tonight, July 19, from 4pm-9pm at Dickey's Barbecue Pit at 8225 Greenway Boulevard in Middleton.  Dickey's has graciously offered to donate 10% of all proceeds from tonight to Battle of the Badges

Registration is also open for the 5K, to take place before the police vs fire softball game on Saturday, August 13th.

5K fun run/walk starts at 8:30AM - sign up by August 1st to make sure you get a free t-shirt:

Police vs Fire softball game starts immediately following, at approximately 10:00AM and there will be fun for all ages, including games, prizes, face painting, silent auction, concessions and more!  Check out the event website for all of the details,


About Austin...

The honoree chosen this year is 14-year old Austin Noll from Middleton.  Austin has a rare condition called Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) which, according to the National MPS Society, affects an estimated 1 out of 70,000 children & there is presently no cure.  Austin was diagnosed at age 5 when it was discovered that he was having a hard time keeping up with the development of his peers.  The type of MPS Austin has impacts his brain. His body doesn’t make an important enzyme that is needed to get rid of toxins that accumulate in his brain cells and, slowly, Austin has lost his ability to talk, walk & eat by mouth.

Austin has always taken his condition in stride.  Austin works hard at every aspect of life, yet still has a smile on his face.  Austin moved to Middleton from California in 2012 with his dad, Austin and Mom, Cheryl.  His sister, Madison is attending college in Michigan.  Austin attended Sauk Trail & is currently in 7th grade at Kromrey Middle School.  His parents have been so thankful for all the attention & support he has received from the students & staff at both schools.

They also have been thankful for all the great medical care he receives from UW Clinics.  The family receives a lot of support from family, friends & the MPS Society, which has helped them find other children & families that live with this condition.  Colin is one of them & he lives in Verona.  The family has really been enjoying life in Middleton.

Austin loves going for walks on the trails in Middleton, listening to music & watching his favorite children's shows.  There are currently a couple of treatment studies that are starting & the hope is that one of these treatments will mean that no child will have to suffer from this condition in the future.

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