On December 9, 2002, 11-year-old Brittnee Dunning of Eland, daughter of Sandra, had come down with the flu. After two days of constant coughing and vomiting, she was very weak and pale and complaining of side pain. Her mother decided to take Brittnee to their local walk-in clinic. Brittnee was diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital.
Brad and Lacey Palubicki of Argonne anxiously awaited the arrival of their first child. And like most new parents, they thought about names and whose features the baby would have. They also talked about their child’s future and providing the best of everything for their new addition. Little did they know, that having the best possible medical care nearby would be the most crucial of all their plans.
Rod and Lisa Metz of Schofield are very familiar with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) since the Culver’s Restaurant that they manage has been raising funds for CMN for several years. But in October of 2002, the Metz family discovered that their support would affect their family in more ways than they ever imagined.
The Fall of 2004 was an exciting time for Mike Cornelius and his daughters Becky and Rachael. Becky was going to college in Madison and 16-year-old Rachael would be a junior at Rhinelander High School. But on August 12, 2004, as Mike was helping his oldest daughter move into the dorms in Madison, he received a phone call from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, telling him that Rachael was involved in a very serious motor vehicle crash.
It was on a typical Saturday afternoon when 13 year-old Tammy Converse, daughter of Andy and Linda of Birnamwood, woke up, ate breakfast and got ready to watch her favorite soap opera. But that’s when things started going wrong. Tammy began to get the worst headache she has ever experienced. She had flu-like symptoms—nausea, vomiting, chills and no appetite.