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Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010
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Baker graduate to be featured on TLC

Baldwin City, Kan. — JoAnne Fluke, a 2000 Baker University graduate, will be featured at 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, on TLC (Channel 37 in Baldwin City) in a one-hour documentary titled “Dancer with Tiny Legs.”Fluke

Fluke, named Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2005, was born with caudal regression, a rare congenital disorder in which legs are webbed at the knees. She has been an advocate for people with disabilities. In 2004, Fluke traveled to Africa to donate wheelchairs through a not-for-profit ministry. She also has worked as a summer camp counselor teaching children with spina bifida to dance and most recently helped found a nonprofit alternative dance troupe called Groovability in Kansas City, Mo., where she serves as the executive director.

While at Baker, Fluke was a member of Phi Mu sorority. She majored in religion with minors in sociology and music.

Fluke lives in Ottawa and works at 68 Inside Sports in Overland Park.


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