This year's Skate-a-Thon at the UNMC ice rink comes with a large void. The namesake and driving force of the fundraiser for Parkinson's research, Colleen Wuebben, died this past year.
It began at noon on Friday and continues until noon on Saturday. Four skaters are trying to skate all 24-hours.
Ted and his wife held the skating fundraiser in their backyard for the first three years. Ever since, it's been held at the UNMC ice rink.
In the last three years, they've raised more than $100,000 with recent funding going towards human testing.
Motion therapy had really helped Colleen when it came to the tremors often associated with Parkinson's.
"I told the kids that this will be harder day for me than Christmas or any of the other holidays or birthdays," said Ted Wuebben. "This is what she did. She always wanted to help other people. An event like this was always in her wheel-house."
The public is invited to skate. Cost is ten dollars and that includes the skates.
They'll be going until noon Saturday.
The ice rink is located behind the Sorrell Center at 42nd and Dewey.