Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles
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Parents, patients and care providers share remarkable stories of hope and healing on 96.5 WKLH to help raise critical funds for Children's. Broadcasting live on 96.5 WKLH and on wklh.com.
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Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles
Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles for Children's Wisconsin
A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Accunet Mortgage
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have postponed the annual Miracle Marathon event, originally scheduled for May 14 -15.
On December 1, 2020 WKLH Mornings with Dave Luczak will host Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles, a 12 hour radiothon event raising critical funds to help ensure kids and families throughout the state receive the best possible care.
This 12 hour radiothon event will showcase remarkable stories of hope and healing told by parents, patients and care provides. Tune in live on 96.5 WKLH to help raise critical funds for Children's on December 1, 2020. Generous 96.5 WKLH listeners and donors throughout our community have helped to make Children's one of the best places for kids. We rely on your support to continue to serve kids and families throughout the state of Wisconsin and beyond. If you'd like to give to this year's event, donate now. Thank you!
Interested in sponsoring this event?
To learn more about sponsoring this event, contact Children's Wisconsin Foundation's events team at (414) 266-6320.
Miracle Moments brought to you by Kohl’s
Meet a few of our miracles whose stories will be shared on-air
Katey found her dream career when she was 5 years old. Diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a common form of kidney cancer, Katey underwent surgery and seven months of chemotherapy at Children’s Wisconsin. Just a few months ago, Katey, now 23, was back at Children’s Wisconsin, but this time as a nurse in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Hear Katey share her story and what inspired her to find her career in these same hallways on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Katey’s Story on YouTube.
In the fall of 2019, Ellie was about to head off to college when her life took an expected turn. She was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder similar to leukemia. Ellie had a bone marrow transplant and spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and her birthday in the hospital. Joined by her mom Kristyn and Dr. David Margolis from our MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Ellie shares her story and how Dr. Margolis and his team saved her life on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Ellie’s Story on YouTube.
Sarah is a confident and outgoing middle schooler, thanks in large part to the Children’s Wisconsin school-based mental and behavioral health program. In elementary school, she struggled with low self-esteem and some family issues were very hard on her. Having Bethany Bojcic, a licensed clinical social worker available to offer support right at school made a positive and profound impact on her life. Hear Sarah, her mom April and Bethany talk about the important inroads school-based mental health programming is making in some local communities on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Sarah’s Story on YouTube.
Asher’s life may have been way too short, but the impact he had on all who met him was profound. Born with several rare birth defects, Asher sadly passed away a few months shy of his second birthday. But in his short time here, he touched the hearts of many, including his care teams at Children’s Wisconsin. Listen to Asher’s mom share the story of her beautiful boy on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Asher’s Story on YouTube.
Ysabel’s journey began before birth in the Fetal Concerns Center, after it was learned that she was developing with some of her organs outside of her body. She was born in the midst of the pandemic and cared for in Children’s NICU. Listen to her grateful family share how Ysabel continues to grow and thrive and how she’ll eventually have surgery to place the organs inside her body on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Yasabel’s Story on YouTube.
At just 1 year old, little Olivia has already undergone two life-saving open-heart surgeries at the Herma Heart Institute at Children’s Wisconsin. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a rare and serious defect in which the left side of the heart doesn’t form correctly, Olivia spent the first 115 days of her life in our cardiac intensive care unit, including her first Thanksgiving and Christmas. Listen to Olivia’s parents share her story and learn how Children’s Wisconsin is a national leader in the care of HLHS on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Olivia’s Story on YouTube.
There were no warning signs before Carson attempted to take his life roughly four years ago. Now 17, Carson has undergone countless surgeries and rehabilitation, along with ongoing mental health care. Carson and his mom Amber wants other families to know how important it is to talk about mental and emotional health. Listen to Carson and Amber share their powerful and hopeful story and recount the many ways Children’s Wisconsin has helped them heal on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Carson’s Story on YouTube.
Last fall, Raynah, then 11, was suffering from a mild headache, fever and strep throat, so she stayed home from school. Her mom, an intensive care nurse, came in her room to check on her, and Raynah was sitting frozen on her bed unable to walk or talk. Her mom feared she’d had a stroke. Raynah was transported to Children’s Wisconsin, where doctors diagnosed her with a rare and potentially catastrophic brain infection. Raynah spent 46 days in the hospital. Hear her story and learn about the novel treatments and medical care that saved her life on Giving Tuesday: Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Raynah's story on YouTube.
When she was a baby, Rylann’s parents noticed she didn’t always react to sounds around her — like barking dogs and banging pans. Rylann was tested and found to have profound hearing loss. One day after her first birthday, she had cochlear implant surgery in both ears. The surgery was successful, and she has continued to thrive thanks to the ongoing care provided her entire family by the Masters Family Speech and Hearing Center. Hear from her family in their own words the difference Children’s Wisconsin has made in their lives on Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Rylann's story on YouTube.
Juan Pablo was two years old when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. He underwent five rounds of chemotherapy over a course of eight months. Each round required long inpatient stays, and he spent a total of 153 days in the hospital. Last New Year’s Eve, he rang the bell in the MACC Fund Center, signifying the end of his successful treatment. Hear from this adorable four-year-old and his grateful family on Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Juan Pablo's story on YouTube.
Royalty, 15, has lived with sickle cell her entire life. It’s a diagnosis she shares with her mom, who was also a Children’s Wisconsin patient as a child. Living with this serious chronic disease can be tiring during the best of times and severely painful during the worst. But frequent visits to Children’s Wisconsin have done little to tamper Royalty’s energy and positive spirit, which are evident as she and her mom share their story on Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Royalty's story on YouTube.
In addition to graduating from high school last June, Ethan had a liver transplant. His Children’s Wisconsin story, however, began when he was diagnosed with biliary atresia as a baby. Even though Ethan has been a lifelong patient, his parents credit his care providers with providing them the support and tools needed for Ethan to lead a normal, active life. Hear more about Ethan’s lifelong journey and his future plans that were inspired by his Children’s experience on Giving Tuesday: A Holiday of Miracles, Tuesday, December 1 on 96.5 WKLH. Watch Ethan's story on YouTube.
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