It was a summer afternoon in July 2006 that changed Isaac Lepinski’s life forever. At his home in Amherst, Isaac was driving in a low riding go-cart. He was bouncing along a dirt road going up a hill in the woods when his cousin and friend approached from the opposite side on a four-wheeler. The boys and machines collided.
While most 17-year-old girls were shopping for prom dresses or planning for college, Jackie Ripke of Wisconsin Rapids had other things on her mind – would she celebrate her 18th birthday?
A bright-eyed, blonde little girl celebrated her third birthday on September 9, 2008, while just beginning the exciting world of pre-school. At 26 pounds and 32 inches, Jasmine Lobay of Marshfield is about half the size of her three-year-old classmates, but she tries her best to keep up.
On July 5, 2007, John and Vicki Rhode of Rhinelander took their ten-year-old daughter, Miranda, to their local physician. She was retaining water and they soon discovered that she was leaking protein into her urine. She was quickly referred to Dr. Robert Haws, pediatric nephrologist at Marshfield Clinic on staff at Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
Nicholas Plank of Eagle River first started feeling tired on Sunday, April 20, 2008. His mom, Laura, picked him up from his part-time job. His exhaustion was more than usual fatigue. The following morning, Nicholas was still tired and now he was coughing and had pain in his left shoulder.