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Banding together for Julie

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

It's been four months since Marathon County Corrections Officer Julie Christensen was attacked.

Authorities say an inmate, 20-year-old Fredrick Morris attacked two corrections officers in March. Surveillance video courtesy of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department shows Christensen taking a blow to the head. It put her in critical condition.

"Julie is progressing. I have visited with her frequently. She will not be at the event, she still has a long road ahead of her," said co-worker and friend Wendy McCarthy.

Now family and friends have come together to try to make that road a little easier. That's why they've organized a benefit in her name called, "Banding for Julie."

"It's $25 and it's at Mountain Bay Trails in Weston," explained McCarthy. "You can choose what you method you prefer either run, walk or bike."

Nine businesses in the area are sponsoring the event, including Harley Davidson of Wausau.

"Anytime there's something in the community we want to see if we can get involved," said Andrea Kass of Harley Davidson.

But company leaders say when they heard what happened to Christensen, it hit close to home.

"Hearing something that traumatic that happened to somebody near and dear to us, or friends and family members of somebody there, it's just something that we decided we wanted to do," said Kass.

Event organizers say that's been one positive, watching the community come together.

"I think people understand the injury, the empathy, and sympathy for her and the family," explained McCarthy.

So as Christensen continues to recover, friends and family say they'll be there. They hope the community will be, as well.

Who: Benefit for Julie Christensen

When: August 3rd 9 a.m.

Where: Dale's Weston Lanes, Mountain Bail Trails

You can pre register by emailing juliescause@gmail.com or register the day of the event. It's $25 to participate.

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