ZCare is committed to making a difference in our community. Along with our friends at G.E.C.U. , we provide support to our friends and neighbors in a number of ways and we couldn't do it without you. Thanks for your partnership in improving the lives of those in need.
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ZCARE - UPCOMING EVENTS
2pm - Friday, March 24, 2017
5:30pm - Friday, March 24, 2017
5:30pm - Friday, March 24, 2017
12pm - Saturday, March 25, 2017
12pm - Sunday, March 26, 2017
From Brandi's GOFUNDME page:
"I know there are a lot of people out there needing help right now, and I hate asking anyone for help. I always am the person trying to help other people when I can but I am really struggling right now, and hoping that the kindness will come around. My son and I have to move by March 31. I am a single mom, with no income right now. I lost my job in June and it has been very hard finding another one, I'm drowning in debt right now just trying to survive. I was able to find a temp job but only lasted a month. I was under the impression I would have a month to month lease after my year was up but apparently that isn't the case, I used all of my taxes to pay my rent up to date leaving me with nothing for a sec deposit or pay any other bills. The 2 most important is electric which will be shut off in 2 weeks along with finding another home for my son and i. I am trying very hard to find a job. Find a place to live and it's taken a toll on me along with my son so I am hoping that of anyone can help out anything helps. Thank you for reading.. this was a very hard decision to put this out there. I am hoping I won't get judged as sometimes we all need a little help sometimes, it's just very hard for me to ask. "
INFO FROM ISSAC'S GOFUNDME PAGE
"Isaac The Great wasn't born in any oridinary way. He couldn't wait for his due date, arriving three weeks early. He also couldn't wait for the hospital - being born in the front seat of a car. He was only 4lbs 13oz, born small but healthy. However, these past few months Isaac's health has taken a turn and he has been in and out of the hospital. He first started out with having an enlarged right kidney, high white blood cell count, and liver problems. Since then he has been in and out of the NICU. Most recently Isaac The Great took a bad turn and was admitted into Mayo in Rochester. They had to increase his oxygen level and run multiple tests. Isaac has dealt with both RSV and Corona virus. With all these trips to the hospital, the medical bills for Isaac The Great have grown. Please help Isaac and family get through this tough time. We appreciate donations of any amount made for Isaac, every bit helps"
FROM LEAH'S GOFUNDME PAGE:
"It all started October 2015. Leah had been walking with a limp so we got it checked out by her pediatrician and he said by the looks of the x-ray, the femur bone had calcium. So we never bothered to go back till about a year later. Leah was playing with friends and one friend came down hard on her thigh knees down and her leg swelled up to the point I thought she broke something. So I took her to the emergency room where the took and x-ray then ordered a cat scan and a MRI. When all test were done the doctor began to tell me that nothing was broke but they were gonna refer us to oncology. My heart then sunk because we all know that, that's cancer. So from there we began our journey. We seen the pediatric oncologist here in Lacrosse who sent us to Madison where they specialize in pediatric orthopaedics oncology. We then had several appts that lead to a biopsy of the mass. It came back in accurate so they sent the tests to Boston children's hospital and Texas. One said by the looks of the MRI it very well could be sarcoma which is a form of cancer on the bone and another said it could be a f.a.v.a tumor. We then were seen by a plastic surgeon to discuss surgery. We knew that whatever is was it needed to be removed as it had grown to 8cm. So surgery was set for February 6th. Surgery went super well. They ended up taking out the bottom quad muscle and peeled back the top layer of the femur bone. The doc said the tumor grew 4 more cm so her incision is almost her whole length of her thigh. Our hospital stay was 3 days long and she seemed to be doing alright. We were this would be a long road ahead of us and that Leah would be back in school the following week but then Leah started to get sick :( fevers, puking, headaches and intense pain in the leg. Doctor said anytime you take out a muscle it's a painful recovery. Little did I know that it'd be this painful. We've been back and forth the Madison doctor and lacrosse doctors to try and figure out what's hitting her so hard. February 15th when the drain tube was removed her leg started to swell and become very painful. We were on our way home from Madison that night and ended up pulling off the interstate as her leg was so bad and so swelled..I called 911. EMTs arrived they had to cut her pant leg due to so much swelling. They transported her to mauston hospital where they got in touch with her surgeon. Since the 15th we've had 6 appts both here in lacrosse and Madison and are currently being hospitalized. Her white blood cell count is currently elevated which is a sign of infection some where. Her leg does not appear to be infected but you never know. Thursday we went in on emergency basis and should've stayed in Madison but we came back to lacrosse because at the moment I felt comfortable enough. Well the ride home was rough. Every little bump I hit was bad painful. I then listened to my gut. I called and explained how I really felt. They then advised me to go to lacrosse er where Leah was admitted again for severe dehydration and pain control. While here in hospital they've take several blood test and pumped her with 3 bags of fluids. So far we've discovered that her hemoglobin is extremely low and her flu test was negative. Other tests are pending. Being a single mom of 2 children and having all these appts for Leah has thrown us in to a financial struggle and also emotionally. I have been in able to go back to work since the 6th. I have no help from the kids dad which makes it tough. I have had a tremendous amount of help but the beginning of the months coming and Leah's requiring alot to help with her recovery. I have several bills that I'm unsure how I'm gonna pay and Leah's bills as well. So a few friends suggested this GoFundMe me page. I'm not one to ask for help but am now. So I thank you all in advance for reading this. Prayers are very welcomed! Thanks again for the support and love!
Love Leah's mom,
Saturday February 11, 2017 Laura lost everything she owned due to an apartment fire. She is a 22 year old college student at UWL and works full time at Walgreens. All proceeds will go directly to Laura to help her get back on her feet. She only has the clothes on her back and her dog so any little bit will help her!
Each year Business Management students in the Professional Profile course at Western Technical College develop a service learning project. For the third year they are continuing with the event, “Suits for Success,” collecting new and used professional clothing attire and accessories that are donated through various drop off locations at local businesses and on campus. The items that are collected are distributed on March 8th, 2017 at the Lunda Center on the Western Technical College Campus. College students and community members are able to come to the event and will receive a professional outfit that they can use for interviews or enhancing their professional image. In addition to the clothing, we also have presentations and various local organizations that help people with business and job skills. Last year the event helped 200 college and community members obtain a professional outfit during the one day event. The drive is looking for professional clothing items such as suits, business jackets, collared dress shirts, ties, shoes, dress slacks, and professional accessories for men and women. There is a donation box in the Welcome Center of Western Technical College. Item collection goes through Monday, March 6th.
In Cambodia, Brigid will work on a clean water project in a rural village outside of Siem Reap and learn about the challenges of living without such everyday luxuries. She'll also be working and living in a village near Surin, Thailand to help build sustainable projects, support the farming community, and (bonus!) learn Thai cooking, farming, and elephant care taking with a host family.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Brigid's journey and donate to her GoFundMe page
Last year, 750 brave souls participated in the Polar Plunge in La Crosse. The best part? After their bodies returned to 98.6°F and the donations were tallied, they raised more than $132,500 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
This year, G.E.C.U. and ZCare are joining in this event to raise money for Wisconsin Special Olympics and you can help! G.E.C.U. will be selling Polar Plunge Bear Icons at their branch on the corner of La Crosse Street and Copeland Avenue for just $1. Stop in and buy one, or more, to help local athletes! To start a Plunge team, donate online, or register for the Freezin' for a Reason 5K CLICK HERE!
Paige Graham just turned 29 and has cancer. Here's her story:
"I have three of the most beautiful, kind, loving little girls you could ever meet and a husband who is so amazing to all of us! I was just recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. The vey same disease my 5 siblings and I lost our mother to 19 years ago. It was actually the anniversary of her death when I got my port put in to start receiving my chemo treatments. Ever since losing my momma, I have been terrified of going through the same thing. Breast cancer has always been my worst nightmare, and now it is my reality. I am scared to death of anything taking me from my girls this early. They are only 1, 4 and 12. I am giving this fight everything I have, as I have entirely too much to live for. Giving up is NOT an option! I served as Active Duty in the United States Air Force for 9 years as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Although I loved my job, it was not what I would consider my calling. So I got out of the military last May to go to school full time for social work. After about 7 months of just doing school and spending extra time with my two youngest, I decided it was time to go back to work to bring in more income for my family as we desperately needed it. My first week of the job, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My bosses don't know me from anyone else yet are still working with me and allowing me to keep my job. They understand that I will have to miss a lot of work with the chemo treatments and then the double mastectomy and radiation to follow. I have already missed so much work, and I just started this job. I know I have an excuse, but I am feeling awful about it. My closest family and friends are telling me not to worry about work and out all of my energy into fighting this cancer. But I also have a family to think about. I can't put all of the financial burden on my husband. I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. My siblings and I have already been through so much in our lives. It's not fair that we have to go through this cancer crap again! But I know, God does not give us anything we cannot handle. We can get through this one day at a time! We just have to stay positive, and lean on each other for support!! I have had an overwhelming amount of support flowing in from all over the place and it is absolutely heartwarming."
We are so blessed to able to make this donation to the Norma J. Vinger Center for Breast Care at Gundersen Health System.
Join the La Crosse Park and Rec for all kinds of winter fun!
Don't miss the Winter Fishing Derby, Figure skating, curling and more! Join a tournament for broomball, kickball, volleyball, softball, sheepshead and Eucre!
Figure Skating Exhibition -Friday, Jan 20, 6:00PM
Hike, show shoe and sled before the fireworks at Family Fun Night at Forest Hills: Friday, Jan 27 at 5
Tune in for Medallion clues starting Jan 18, and sign up for the sports and card tournaments by Friday Jan. 20!