Jay and Lisa Olson of Chili, Wisconsin are the parents of four children. They both work at the medical complex in Marshfield, and have done so for a combined total of 26 years. Words like diabetes, trauma, and cancer are common in their workplace. But the words they heard on July 11, 2005 will forever be etched in their memory - Your son has a brain tumor.
The rush of emotion can be powerful - excitement and joy, uncertainty and fear, relief and shock. When expecting parents learn they are having twins, their minds can whirl, simultaneously trying to process the words that the doctor had just uttered while rushing ahead to anticipate the consequences of this life-changing announcement.
Winterfest Court, band, student council, forensics competition, band, student council, colorguard and soccer - these are just a few of the activities that 16-year-old Dejonna Bates of Plainfield has enjoyed this year. Although this is a typical scenario for many teenagers, Dejonna is anything but typical.
The Lake family of Stratford was on a family vacation in Alaska in July 2010. Russell, Laura and their children Joshua, Jessica and Jeremy were enjoying the beauty of the Alaskan countryside when Jeremy became ill. Although far from their family doctor in Wisconsin, they felt he should get immediate medical attention. They took him to a physician and he was diagnosed with strep throat and was put on a prescribed antibiotic that he had taken before.