Howard Young Foundation In the News

Donate to Tick Center

WOODRUFF, Wis. (WSAW)- The Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff is hoping to start a tick borne illness diagnosis and treatment center. It’s something that doesn’t exist within 1,200 miles of Wisconsin.

“We’re Ticked Off,”-- that’s the message from the Woman’s Legacy Council, a group that fundraises for programs and equipment at the Howard Young Medical Center.

"One of the things about tick-borne illnesses is the need for accurate testing. Without accurate testing, people don't even know they have it,” Howard Young Foundation President Erin Biertzer said. "They're suffering from different symptoms and it's often called doctor chasing because you're going around to different doctors in a very acute symptoms."

In the northwoods, ticks are plentiful making it easier to become sick due to a tick bite. That’s why the hospital groups launched a $3.5 million fundraising project to create the designated tick center.

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Donate to Autism

MINOCQUA, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Lakeland Star School Academy will open this fall to all types of learners and more specifically students on the Autism spectrum.

To help these students succeed the academy is tailored to meet many diverse needs. With smaller class sizes, sensory rooms and even art therapy. The goal is to give students on the spectrum an opportunity to succeed in an environment that's suited to them.

In creating the new charter school, District Administrator and Principal of Lakeland Union High School, James Bouche explained that they looked into what could help the most.

"How can we tap into their strengths? That's the biggest thing we are looking at is taping into the strengths of the students so they can have productive lives down the line," Bouche said.

The academy will work with students in 7th through 12th grade, and so far 22 students are already enrolled.

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MINOCQUA, Wis. (WSAW) -- The water on Lake Minocqua sits undisturbed for now. But in August, it will play dozens of dragon boats as part of the 3rd annual Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival.

"It's almost addicting. It is so much fun," dragon boat racer Nancy Brunsch said. "You get in the boat and you're on the water. Which I love. Then you're with other teammates. It's a team sport and it's great fun. I love it."

With the head and the tail on, these 45 foot long boats can reach speeds of 8 miles per hour. The 2000 year old sport was born out of political dissent in China, but has found popularity in the United States, especially here in Wisconsin.

"Wisconsin is the hot state right now, it's the hot state for dragon boat racing. Kind of the word is spreading and it's going to become a real popular sport," Dragon Boat Festival Committee Member Mike Mondrall said.

Word has even spread across the border into Canada, with teams coming down to the area last year to race. But you don't need to be an experienced racer to enjoy the event.

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