Farm life is a way of life for many families in north central Wisconsin. But for a family in Thorp, Wisconsin, July 14, 1998 was almost the end of life for a 14-year-old boy. On that hot summer day, 14-year-old Brandon Baures was helping to finish up the second crop of hay using an unfamiliar wagon. The load was almost full and he put the last bale on the wagon. As soon as he got the bale in place, his foot slipped off the edge, causing him to fall right in the track of the wagon tires. Before he knew it, he had a two-ton wagon of hay on his chest.
On February 12, 2003, 18-year old Kasey Guldan of Marshfield, daughter of Kathy Guldan, passed away after a 4-½ year battle with cancer. Kasey’s father, Rick, also died from cancer 7 years earlier. Kasey wanted to be a Child Life Specialist and she wanted to be a Children’s Miracle Network Champion. Two days before she passed away, Kasey was awarded an honorary certificate from the Child Life Council as a Child Life Specialist.
Kristine Kopelke is the daughter of Greg and Donna Kopelke of Wisconsin Rapids. She has one sister, Kaitlyn. Kristine is in second grade at Port Edwards Elementary School. According to her mother, Kristine is an 8-year-old little girl who is very determined and stubborn. And that’s probably a good thing...
Two-year-old Shayla Guralski of Athens is like no other 2-year-old around .... literally. Shayla, the daughter of Shawn and Angela of Athens, is the oldest known living child battling with ETC Deficiency (the oldest before Shayla lived to be 11 months old).
To look at Simeon Schult today, you would never know that this incredibly adorable and active 2 year old from Wausau had a very difficult start. For her parents, DJ and Dr. Sara Schult, it was a day-to-day wait to see if their daughter would survive her birth. On February 26, 2001, only seven days before Simeon’s birth, DJ and Sara were told that their baby had a life-threatening defect.