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Fargo Marathon: Pint Sized Inspiration

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A local family is proving anyone can take part in the Fargo Marathon events this weekend.

A three year old girl, who was initially told she may not crawl and would likely never run, is set to rock the Youth Run at the Fargo Marathon Thursday night.

It's hard to slow Annie Hannig down.  She loves running, playing and picking flowers.

Annie Hannig: "Cause flowers bloom."

She says she loves when flowers bloom... just like the flowers on her prosthetic leg.

Annie: "I have lots of legs."  

In fact, the three year old is on her fifth leg. Every nine months -- as she grows -- she gets a new one.   

Liz Hannig/Annie's Mom: "We knew pre-natal that she would have a lot of problems with her lower extremities."

The Hannig family acted fast and worked with the Shriners to give their daughter every possible opportunity.

Liz: 6 days after she was born... She was diagnosed. She was not born with a fibula in one leg. She also has a club foot and hip displastia and knocked knees."

She's already had five surgeries, two full body casts and many different braces and prosthetics, but she remains one of the happiest little girls you will ever meet.

 Liz: "She can run and jump just like all the other children in her age group. We're very proud."

The Hannig family's motto is "no excuses". They say Annie can do whatever she wants and proves it everyday.

Liz: "Me and my husband decided that she has no excuses. She can do what everyone else does. Obviously your heart breaks and you cut her some slack after she has surgery."

The family will be sporting matching T-shirts during the Fargo Marathon's Youth Run. They also sold nearly 150 of the shirts. They are raising money to donate back to the Shriners' organization.

Liz: "Everyone gave to use when we needed it. And, it's our turn to give back now. We are happy to do it."

It's a message not lost on this little girl.

Annie: "The Shriners made this leg for me."

 And, a message the family hopes spreads.

The family raised more than $5,000 to donate to the Shriners organization.

 

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