If someone had told me that we would start, and finish a 1/2 Marathon 5 yrs ago – I would have laughed and said they were crazy… Well, not only did we start and finish a 1/2 Marathon last February, 2012 at Walt Disney World (Princess 1/2) We did it again… Joining 1,000′s of other participants at Disneyland the weekend of Jan 18-20,2013 we were among a group of hundreds from the United States and Canada that support the work of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society by fundraising with Team In Training. Meeting and talking with them and learning of their reasons for being involved is so inspiring. Dedicated to doing all we can to fight blood cancers, improve treatments and find cures.
Everyone has had cancer touch their lives in one way or another. For us, it resulted in the devastating loss of our daughter. But, we will NOT let cancer win. By continuing to reach out to the community and join forces with others who also understand that the advances in treatments are saving lives every day. Dedicated researches, Doctors, Nurses, Technicians work night and day. New drugs continue to be approved to increase life expectancies and quality of life for patients.
What can you do? Make a donation to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, either through our link or directly to LLS. Join Team In Training and make a difference in your life, training and completing an endurance event like what we did can change you forever. Meet like-minded people. Join the Marrow Donor Registry – “Be The Match“ You have the power to save a life. It only takes about 15 minutes of your time and a cheek swab. Donate Blood, everyday there are hundreds of people whose lives depend on blood transfusions, platelets. Blood Cancer patients are especially vulnerable.
To learn more, or join with us on our mission to save lives, email or call me
Till Next Time,
Karen and Gene Wenzel
Lindsay’s Voice / Trees of Hope WI
Saturday Nov 17th, 2012 was a day filled with beautiful music, fun, families, a Christmas Wonderland created by many dedicated volunteers and businesses from around the Milwaukee area. Everyone was there for a purpose. To help raise money to support the research and treatments for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and other blood cancers. To support the work of the Blood Center of WI and Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program)
We are very lucky to have such incredible medical facilities right here in SE Wisconsin. People from all over the country (and sometimes from other countries) come here for their care. We don’t take this for granted.
The 2nd Annual Trees of Hope WI Celebration and Auction has raised over $22,000 towards our goal of $50,000. We are very grateful for the generosity of each of the sponsors, donors, and guests who came and purchased all the beautiful trees, wreaths, gift baskets, silent auction items and more.
We continue to move forward. On Jan 20th, 2013 we will participate in the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon at DisneyLand on behalf of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society Team In Training. We welcome any donations to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society for this effort.
Plans for 2013 Trees of Hope WI are in place… SAVE THE DATE NOV 23RD, 2013 Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West/Mayfair.
Watch for updates on other activities we have planned. To continue the fight for lives.
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Till Next Time…
Karen and Gene Wenzel
Chairpersons Trees of Hope WI / Lindsay’s Voice
Saturday November 17th, 2012 will be the culmination of a year’s worth of work to create an Inspirational, Fun, Uplifting, Holiday Celebration to Kick of the Holidays and Help Kick Cancer!
There are so many people, businesses, groups and individuals that have donated their time, resources and efforts to make Trees of Hope WI 2012 a Reality!
I wish I had photos of all the beautiful trees that are being donated, decorated and will be on display at the event. Remember… you can own any of them. Plus, you don’t even have to worry how you will get it home. Milwaukee Express Movers will be wrapping and delivering the large trees to the winning bidders free of charge! So you can get a Fully-decorated Christmas tree for your home-office-or ???? Plus… You will be supporting the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Be The Match and the CIBMTR ( Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin)
Here is a taste of what we will have at our Live Auction on Saturday night November 17th at the Radisson Hotel- Milwaukee West (Mayfair) 5pm-11pm
Celebrating the Sea by John Wyland Signed & Numbered and an Autographed Book of His Artwork.
How about a 1 week 1BR Condo in either Lake Tahoe, Chandler Az, Branson Mo, Waikiki or Maribella Spain? That can be yours too at Trees of Hope WI…. make your reservations now.
Call: Karen Wenzel 414-750-1989 Email: Karen@TreesofHopeWI.org
Checks to: Karen Wenzel/Trees of Hope WI
2230 Crestview Ct Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Don’t miss your chance to buy any of these wonderful items at the
2nd Annual Trees of Hope WI Celebration and Auction on Saturday Nov 17th
at the Radisson Hotel Mayfair 2303 N Mayfair Rd Wauwatosa.
This is just a short list of the Auction Items that have been graciously donated to help
reach the goal of $50,000 to fight Leukemia, Lymphoma, Blood Cancers.
How will you help us this year?
Silent and Live Auction Items
Hawaii, Tahoe, AZ, or
Spain 1 week condo Royal AlohaVacation Club
Painting on Canvas Andrew Goralski
Prince Fielder Canvas Andrew Goralski
VIP Tour Milwaukee
Cty Zoo Behind the Scenes Zoological Society of WI
Skating Lessons Pettit National Ice Center
Private Tour Gov.
Executive Residence Wis Executive Residence Foundation
1 Year Fitness
Membership Snap Fitness Elm Grove/Brookfield
Green Bay Packers
Autographed Football Green Bay Packers
Gift Baskets (2) Nature’s Healing DaySpa Menomonee Falls
Bridal Package Glow Salon
Custom Beaded Hairpieces/Broach
from 2012 Daytime Emmys Bead Flora Fen Li
Dinner- Gift Certificate Capital Grille- Milwaukee
Clay Matthews Plaque
Cause for Celebration Photo/Plaque Sandra Wojtecki
Brewers Collection (3) Sandra Wojtecki
Autographed Photos Ben Ogilvie,
Ken Griffey Sr, Cecil Fielder,BJ Surhoff Sandra Wojtecki
Tom Benedetto, Del Crandall Sandra Wojtecki
Package (1982) Sandra Wojtecki
Disney Collection – Books Sandra Wojtecki
Baseball Hall of Fame
–Cooperstown Books Sandra Wojtecki
Numerous Framed Sports
Photos- Autographed Sandra Wojtecki
Ron Wolf autographed
plaque Sandra Wojtecki
Warren Spahn and
Rollie Fingers Framed Sketches Sandra Wojtecki
’96 Packers Receiving
Corp Framed Photo with plaque Sandra Wojtecki
Packers 1/48 scale
diecast P-40 Warhawk Plane –display Sandra Wojtecki
Disney/ GB Packers
Collection Nut Cracker, Mickey Mouse-QB,
Packers Diecast truck Sandra Wojtecki
Dinner Gift Certificate Alioto’s Restaurant
Gift Certificate Costco
Gift Certificate for
Trees (3) Breezy Hill Nursery
$50 Gift Certificate Crystal Images Brookfield
Gift Certificates Cheesecake Factory
Kona Coffee Basket Gene and Karen Wenzel
Book Artist-John Wyland
Silk Centerpiece Bel Aire Florist
Scentsy Gift Basket Carley West
2NDAnnual TREES OF HOPE WI CELEBRATION
to Benefit: Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Blood Center of WI, Be The Match and
CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research ) at
Medical College of WI
WHEN: Saturday November 17, 2012
WHERE: Radisson Hotel- Mayfair 2303 N Mayfair Rd Wauwatosa
Kick off the Holidays and Help Kick Cancer!
We cordially invite you to join us for “Festival of Trees”. Enjoy the glittering lights, beautifully decorated Themed Christmastrees, showcase of dazzling treats, joyous music and family-friendly activities. Stroll through and absorb the Holiday sights, sounds and spirit.
Dozens of local businesses, groups and individuals have donated and decorated “Themed Christmas Trees”. In addition there are a myriad of special surprises that have been donated (some are one-of-a-kind).
You have the opportunity to view/ bid or purchase any of our displays- with ALL of the money to support the above named organizations. Our goal this year is $50,000. With your help we can meet and exceed that goal.
SOMETHING FOR EVERY AGE
9-4pm Donation $5/adult
Visits and pictures with Santa, Face-painting, Magician, Choirs and more…
VERY SPECIAL EVENING GALA
Radisson Hotel – Grand Ballroom
Donation: $50/per person or $450/ table of 10
An inspirational and joyful evening to culminate the event. Buffet Dinner
Dancing and Music by Lovin’Kind -Milwaukee favorite Classic Rock Band
Hear from our 2012 Ambassador and Leukemia Survivor- Tony Navarre
Auction of Special Items and finale of silent auction
Reserve your place for the Gala. Tickets on Sale Now. Save the day to enjoy
this Holiday Wonderland. Bring the family. Help us reach our goal to support
patients that are fighting Leukemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers. The life you save, could be someone you know and love.
WANT TO KNOW MORE: www.TreesofHopeWI.org Facebook/Twitter: Trees of Hope WI
Karen and Gene Wenzel 2230 Crestview Ct
Lindsay’s Voice is a registered public charity in Wisconsin
Save The Date- To Help Save Lives
2nd Annual Trees of Hope WI Celebration and Auction
Supporting Leukemia-Lymphoma Society of WI, Blood Center of WI, BeTheMatch
WHEN: Sat Nov 17th
WHERE: Radisson Hotel- Milwaukee West (Mayfair)
2303 N Mayfair Rd Wauwatosa, WI
Family Events 9am-4pm Dinner/Gala/Auction 5pm-11pm
- Trees of Hope WI -2012 Celebration and Auction
- Tickets for our Gala – Dinner – Auction – Music Available for reservation and purchase now
If you haven’t looked at a calendar lately, you may not have noticed that the 2nd Annual Trees of Hope WI Celebration and Auction is only a couple months away… Nov 16th is decorating day, and Sat Nov 17th is our chance to make a huge difference in the lives of many people that are living with Blood Cancers. You have the opportunity to own and have a fully-decorated tree delivered to you!
Make this a family day. During the day you can enjoy all the decorated “Themed” Christmas Trees, wreaths, baskets and the many special display items. Activities will include: Visits with Santa (and a chance for a photo), face-painting, music by various choirs, magician, and more activities to be added. A nominal donation of $5/adults $3/children (Family pass-$15) Radisson Hotel-Mayfair has Hotel packages available to stay for a fun weekend!
This year has gone so fast. Nov 17th will be here before we know it- and we continue to make progress towards our 2nd Annual Trees of Hope WI Celebration and Auction.
News to report: On July 3rd- Lindsay’s Voice, Inc was officially registered as a non-profit public charity.
Our mission is clear : To support local patient services and research in Wisconsin for blood cancers. To support and advance the development of less-toxic, more effective cancer treatments. Promote and support Marrow donor registrations and blood drives. Trees of Hope Wi will be our Signature Event- but we encourage people to reach out to us to assist with Marrow donor drives, blood drives, etc. We’d love to help promote your event.
We are honored, this year, to have met a wonderful man that has touched our hearts. Tony Navarre is our 2012 Trees of Hope WI Ambassador. He is a 30 year old Special Ed Teacher at Mequon/Homestead High School. His wife is Molly and their daughter, Adeline is 2 yrs old.
He has inspired us and we wish to share his story with you.
In January of 2011, at the age of 29, I knew that something wasn’t right. I was beginning to feel fatigued with everyday tasks that typically were simple for me. I was nauseous and had headaches. I wasn’t eating and my pillow was typically soaking wet when I woke up in the morning from sweating. I continued to work full time as a teacher but went to the doctor numerous times. I was getting prescribed inhalers and antibiotics and given a diagnosis of the flu and walking Pneumonia, as well as a staph infection that wouldn’t heal and asthma. Finally, on March 14th 2011, I went to the doctor again and, at the urging of my wife Molly, had blood drawn. On March 16th, at the end of the school day, I received a phone call from the doctor that I needed to get to the Emergency Room at St. Luke’s or Froedtert as soon as possible. He was pretty sure that I had Leukemia. Needless to say, my wife and I were devastated. We had so many questions but we knew that the word “Leukemia” was never a good thing.
I was admitted to St. Luke’s and immediately placed on the MRICU floor. It was nerve-racking to say the least. My condition rapidly worsened over the next few days as I began chemotherapy. It became impossible for me to breathe on my own. By the 21st of March, I was put into a medically induced coma. The initial intention of placing me in the medically induced coma was to let my lungs recover, but there were numerous complications during this time due to the severity of what had happened within my body. The intended five days in the coma turned in to 24. I was “trached” to allow for an easier weaning off of the breathing machine. I woke up unable to move or talk. I had numerous chest tubes in my body and a tube coming from my neck. I thought I was on a hospital boat in Florida. After recovering in the ICU and on the Cancer floor at St. Luke’s, I was able to go home on May 6th 2011. I couldn’t believe I had been in a hospital for 50 days straight.
By May 12th, I was back in the hospital with an extremely high fever. I had Pseudomonas and I was put on the bi-pap machine to assist my breathing but did not need to be intubated this time. I was back to the oncology floor by the 30th of May. However, my lungs were still in pretty bad shape.
June 20th was the beginning of another hospital stay and my lungs were so infected they had to do an invasive surgery called a Thoracotomy. There was an infectious build up over an inch think in some places. After removing the breathing tube and the two chest tubes, I was able to again return home by the 29th of June.
During the month of July, I had another rough battle with fevers and had a VATS procedure to attempt to figure out the reason why my lungs were in such bad shape. Another couple of chest tubes later and I was hoping things could move forward. My first transplant date in August was cancelled because of the danger of going through it with my lungs in such bad shape. I was told that my odds of survival were 50/50 at best if I were to go in for the Bone Marrow Transplant at that time.
September was a rough month consisting lots of hospital stays due to high fevers and infections. I had another VATS procedure to attempt to figure out why my lungs were deteriorating as rapidly as they were. I had two more chest tubes, which brought the total to 12. I told the doctor performing the 2nd VATS procedure to try to make the scars on each side match so I could be symmetrical. It was important to find the humor in order to get through those tough times.
In October, I had my fifth round of chemotherapy, at which time it was also discovered that I was allergic to the chemotherapy drugs they had been giving me since the beginning. After they figured out the correct concoction of chemotherapy drugs, I was out of the hospital until November 30th. My transplant was scheduled for December 3rd. Although difficult, I knew that this was potentially the beginning of a new life for me. After my stay in the BMT, I went to live in a long stay hotel. I was finally able to go home to Port Washington in mid February. From March of 2011 until March of 2012, I was in the hospital each month for a period of time.
Since my bone marrow transplant, I have continuously been improving and getting my life back to my new normal. I had one hospital stay in May for some graft versus host disease issues, but my counts have continually improved and I have been feeling great. I am so happy to be able to watch my baby girl, age 2, grow up and spend time with my family and friends. I will forever be grateful to the individual from Germany who gave me another chance at life by signing up for the National Bone Marrow Registry. Without this individual, it is likely I would not be here today. I realize that my road to full recovery is a long one, yet I am thankful that I have a road. Cancer changed me. I always felt like I appreciated life, but now the appreciation for life is on a whole new level. I remember early on in my diagnosis one of the doctors saying to me, “We will take care of your physical health; it is your responsibility to take care of your mental health. Be positive.” That has stuck with me. To others going through cancer, I leave you with this: Don’t ever give up hope. A little over a year ago, a doctor stated to my family that my chance of survival was 1 on a scale of 1 to 100. Today, I am looking forward to returning to my teaching job in the fall and being a head coach. Life is good and getting better every single day.
We hope that this will help you have an appreciation of the battle that is waged daily by the 1,000′s of children, teens and adults that are fighting Blood Cancers. Please help us fight that battle too.
Lindsay’s Voice, Inc is a registered non-profit Public Charity in WI with a mission to support the Blood Center of WI, BeTheMatch- National Marrow Donor Program, CIBMTR and research to find cures for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma.
Trees of Hope WI is our Signature Fundraising Event Nov 17, 2012 Radisson Hotel-Milwaukee West (Mayfair)
1. Saturday Night Nov 17th- Gala Dinner at Radisson Hotel Mayfair- 5-11pm Dinner, Live Auction and Music- by “Lovin Kind” Band- A long-time Milwaukee area favorite
2. Reservations for Gala are available now. Individuals- $50/per person includes all evening activities or sponsor/reserve a table of 10 for $450.00 (Sponsorship Recognition at event)
We want to Share our sponsors with the community. If you have something special you’d like to promote, send it to me and I will add it to our Twitter feed, blog, Facebook page. We appreciate what you are doing to help save lives- we want to give you something in return.
For most people, the words “you need a bone marrow transplant” will be something they never hear. But, sadly for many more, it is a chilling reality.
This is a first-hand report of why Joining the Marrow Donor Registry is so important! Jake’s Story
Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma – are all in the catagory of “blood cancers”. The body becomes in-capable of producing healthy white and red blood cells. Intensive
treatments are needed and many times that is not enough to bring the patient into “remission”. A bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant is used to give the body the ability to replace the patients damaged marrow from a healthy donor. But, finding that right “MATCH” is something that is extremely hard to do. Especially in the case of people with mixed heritages (which is a vast majority).
We are so fortunate to have a National Bone Marrow Donor Program (BE THE MATCH) that is a resource that can be accessed from all over the world to provide possible matches for cancer patients. Our daughter, Lindsay, needed a bone marrow donor, and her match was found …
1 perfect match in the world… in Germany.
You too could have the power to save the life of someone, here or somewhere in the world. It is a simple task to get on the registry. Join the Marrow Donor Registry There are Marrow Donor Drives being held in locations all over the country (and the world) We need many more people to join the registry. A genetic match is what is important in this type of transplant- so having people from all nationalities on the registry is critical. Every year too many people who need a donor match, can’t find one.
You can be a Hero! All it takes is a cheek swab. You can even have a donor packet sent to your home. Imagine being able to save a life… it is the most amazing experience.
We are willing to help organize a donor drive if you are interested. Just email or call.
Till Next Time…
We know the pain of hearing the words…”It’s Leukemia, blood cancer“. You never expect something like this to affect “your family”
But, like many others, it did. Our Trees of Hope WI organization was built as a way to continue to fight for those that face these evil cancers. To support the medical facilities – like the Blood Center of WI, Be The Match, CIBMTR ( Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research), Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and others that work around the clock to care for cancer patients.
Our 2011 Trees of Hope WI Celebration and Auction was so beautifully received and allowed us to raise over $15,000.00 to support these efforts. Our goal for 2012 is $50,000. We are confident that with the momentum we have continued to build and the support from the community that this will be a reality. See what we did last year – TREES OF HOPE WI
Nov 16-18, 2012 are the dates you need to remember. Place to be: Radisson Hotel Mayfair Sat Nov 17th will be a full day of Fun and entertainment to benefit a very serious cause – Leukemia, Lymphoma, “Blood Cancers”.
During the day will be family activities and on Saturday night will be the Gala Dinner, Auction and Celebration.
One of the Highlights of the evening will be the band : Lovin’ Kind.
The Lovin’ Kind is a Milwaukee group who have re-emerged as a 60’s rock band with Beatle and Rolling Stones roots. This group of seven musicians has dedicated themselves to entertaining those folks who truly love a song with a hook and a beat. The music is designed to produce songs that never leave your head.
We play all of our songs with the crowd in mind! We are a “fun” band playing songs that have a great beat for a full night of dancing. The songs are popular classic rock played with great musical talent. The Lovin Kind has been playing together for 7 years and the songs are really “tight”. Great lead singing, great harmonies and full sound will make for the best night of music in years! The band consists of lead, rythm and bass guitars, keyboard, drums, degembe, and percussion. Band members sing with great lead and harmonies. The Lovin Kind is truly a classic rock icon in Milwaukee and will be for years to come!
We are very grateful to them for performing for us and a special thanks to Bruce Nemovitz. We hope that you will enjoy this weekend with us, we hope it will be a most rewarding experience for all. We are registering Sponsors now and will promote you all year, give us a call!
Till Next Time
Karen Wenzel – Chairperson
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