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Local nurse trains for 10K to help toddler

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MARION -- A local woman is training for a charity run in honor of a toddler with health problems. Nurse Tameeka Marvin followed Lincoln Dunning's story on his mom's social media page.

It's a bond that started with their husbands.

"Our husbands used to carpool," says Marvin.

It resulted in a special bond between Tameeka and Latisha Dunning over 2 1/2-year-old Lincoln.

"He is all boy and destructive," says Latisha. 

Latisha had Lincoln and his twin sister Mikaela on October 20, 2014, two months premature.

"He came home as if he would have been born full-term. No issues, no medical anything wrong with him," says Latisha.  

Months later, Lincoln began having problems breathing, leading to multiple hospital visits over time.

At one point, Latisha says Lincoln's heart completely stopped for 14 minutes.

"I'm sitting there, there's a nurse with me. They called a social worker down to sit with me because I'm watching it through the window and I'm like, 'Okay, we would have never expected that to happen,'" says Dunning. 

Lincoln eventually had to have a tracheotomy to help him breathe, a pacemaker for his heart and airway reconstructive surgery.

"What struck me the most is I would see this baby who's going through all these things with the biggest grin on his face that you have ever seen," says Marvin.   

Latisha recorded the journey on social media, eventually sharing private messages and updates with Marvin.

"My bucket list was to do a Disney race, and so this year I've finally decided to do it, well I decided to do as a charity runner," says Marvin. 

Next February, Marvin will take part in a 10K run in Florida in honor of Lincoln, raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.

"I think a lot of times people have a lot of excuses for the things they can't do and she's a perfect example of how you can make things happen," says Marvin. 

Latisha says she's grateful for Tameeka and many others for their support.

She says Lincoln still has to have check-ups, but breathes and functions like a normal child.

Marvin hopes to raise at least $1,300. To support Marvin click the link posted here.

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