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Hello Hillsboro: Double your care on busy weekend
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Jonathon Munson flies a kite at his rural Hillsboro residence in this recent photo. A benefit will be held May 3 for the 14-year-old, who has Phelan-McDermid syndrome, a chromosome disorder. - photo by

Hillsboro is definitely a town with big hearts!

Sometimes those hearts need to grow a bit when special charitable events are scheduled on the same weekend. No problem here, however. Folks in the area can support both events quite easily.

A special Run-Walk will be held at the Hillsboro High School Track on Saturday, May 3 at 3 p.m. to support Jonathon Munson, a 14-year-old Hillsboro youth who has been battling Phelan-McDermid Syndrome since he was three-years-old.

Discovered in 1999, there are only about 1,000 people world-wide who have been diagnosed with the disease that is caused by detachment of a chromosome from a person’s genes.

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome can lead to autism or autism spectrum disorders.

Jonathon is the son of Kevin and Tina Munson.

A $20 run-walk registration which includes a T-shirt is now available at several Hillsboro businesses and the High School office. Shirt orders and payment are due by this FridayYou can also call Tina Munson at 608-489-4244.
A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held following the Walk-Run, from 4 to 8  p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults ($5 with walk shirt) and $4 for age 12 and under.

Items for the silent auction are welcome and many have already been received from local businesses, along with gift certificates.

If you are unable to attend the event, a website has been created for online donations at


The Hillsboro Wesleyan Church is holding a rummage sale on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, for “Hope’s Cause,” a charity that supports a school and Christian orphanage in Liberia that has been “adopted” by Kristi and Greg Zimmerman.

Kristi, a teacher in the Wonewoc-Center School District, and Greg, principal of Hillsboro Junior-Senior High School, recently returned from a week long supportive trip to Liberia in which they brought the children school supplies and other much needed items.

The ongoing charitable project has been in operation for several years and is greatly appreciated by the very needy Liberian children and the folks who are making a big difference in their lives.

The rummage sale will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Hillsboro Wesleyan Church lower level meeting room May 2, and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3. There will be a $5 bag sale at noon on Saturday.

All proceeds will go to the children’s orphanage and school for supplies, food, and many daily needs.

For item donations and drop-off information, please call Lori at 608-548-4222 or Pastor Roger Miller at 608-604-5621 or 489-2571.

The timing of the two charitable events could not have been more perfect.

After folks have built up an appetite shopping for bargains at the rummage sale on Saturday, they can stop by the Run-Walk at the HHS track and cheer on the folks supporting Jonathon Munson.

Then they can feed their hunger with a great spaghetti dinner and, perhaps, find another treasure in the Silent Auction.

What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Hillsboro....Shopping bargains, racing excitement, silent auction mysteries, great food and, most of all, the chance to help good folks facing difficult times.