Skate-a-thon event in Omaha raises about $20,000

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 24-hour skate-a-thon event in Omaha has raised about $20,000 for Parkinson's disease research.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center says the annual event wrapped up Saturday with more than 500 initial participants. In the end, four people skated all 24 hours.

Ted Wuebben, whose family began the event in a small backyard in 2008, says the four remaining skaters are personal friends. He says he's proud of their efforts.

This year's skate-a-thon was held in memory of 60-year-old Colleen Wuebben, who died last year. Her family says she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005.

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