It was December 5, 2002 and one could already catch glimpses of glowing Christmas lights around town, and there was a feeling of the fast approaching holiday in the air. It was on that day that Jerry and Kendra Peschke of Antigo welcomed their newborn daughter, Devyn.
It was fall 2005, and Ellie Hellweg of Plover had a fever – again. Though her parents, Christopher and Monica thought it was strange that she suffered from fevers on and off during the past month, they also knew the rest of the family had been sick with the flu during that time. But things became worse on December 23.
Six years ago, Curtis and Elizabeth Kracht, then living in Wausau, were excited when they learned that Elizabeth was pregnant with their first child, Jasen. Excitement soon turned into fear when, at only 23 ½ weeks and a birth weight of 1 pound and 7 ounces, they realized Jasen was going to make an early appearance.
Jeremiah Hubing of Stratford was a typical 8-year-old active boy. Always inquisitive and very ‘hands on,’ it was no surprise when one day in April of 2005 he came home after a long day at school and a night of skating complaining of a pain in his rib.
It was spring break 2004, and like any teenager, Joseph Gurholt of Wausau was excited to spend some time with friends. “Joseph’s friends had asked him to go skiing because it was a nice sunny day. I told him to have fun and to make sure he wore a helmet,” said his mom Diane Gurholt.