by Maura Stolpe, age 13
Because they didn’t have the cure for a throat disease, many were dying in Alaska. Eventually men decided to use dog teams to deliver the medication. The treacherous journey was challenging with icy snow and frigid winds howling around the travelers. Although the dogs were trained as a relay team, the last lap was long and wearisome. The team’s driver wrapped the dogs in skins, but it wasn’t enough to keep them warm. They still almost froze while racing. Sadly, the more the team panted, the more damage occurred in their lungs. Still, they pushed on. Finally the antidote was brought to the town. Many lives were saved that day. Without those brave heroes, many more lives would have been taken.