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Mother-Daughter teams celebrate, have fun together

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Leslie Kosanovic of Wheeling poses with her daughter Lexie Kosanovic before participating in the Ogden Newspapers 5K Walk on Saturday. The mother-daughter team is celebrating Lexie’s recent graduation from college. She is now a physician assistant and will work at Weirton Medical Center’s emergency room.

WHEELING – As a way to celebrate her recent graduation from college, a mother-daughter team decided to take on the Twin Pops 5K Walk for Health presented by Ziegenfelder on Saturday.

Meanwhile, another mother-daughter team hit the course together for the first time as well.

Leslie Kosanovic of Wheeling and her daughter Lexie Kosanovic decided to participate in the 5K walk and festivities on Saturday as a fun way to commemorate Lexie’s recent graduation from Seton Hall University. She studied there to become a physician’s assistant.

She set to begin her career at Weirton Medical Center’s emergency department as a PA.

“I always wanted to go into the medical field,” she said.

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Clarington resident Katey Zink, center, got her mother, Darla Dancy, shown at left, and aunt Missy Francis, at right, on the race course all together for the first time on Saturday.

Lexie Kosanovic said during her studies she did a rotation at the Cleveland Clinic. She also volunteered at Wheeling Hospital’s ER. Both experiences helped her decide her career path.

“I fell in love with the ER,” she said.

Lexie Kosanovic is a 2017 graduate of Wheeling Central High School where she was valedictorian of her class. Leslie Kosanovic said she is immensely proud of her daughter. She noted they might make the race an annual event to do together.

“I’m excited to be here,” Leslie Kosanovic said.

She noted their goal was to relax and have fun, and not worry about what place they might get during the walk.

Also, Clarington resident Katey Zink got her mother, Darla Dancy, and aunt Missy Francis on the race course all together for the first time on Saturday.

For the female trio it was all about having fun and spending time with each other. They also decided to do the Twin Pops 5K walk.

“It’s exciting,” Dancy, a Moundsville resident, said. “My daughter is always encouraging me to do stuff.”

While it was Dancy’s first time, both Zink and Francis have done races in the past. Doing the race together provides moral support for each other, Zink noted.

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