Tick-Borne Illness Research and Treatment

According to the CDC, Lyme Disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States, affecting 427,000 Americans a year (10x more than previously reported). Wisconsin and Minnesota are rated 4th and 5th in the country for reported cases of Lyme disease, and the CDC estimates that many cases are going unreported or undiagnosed. Ticks can also cause many other diseases such as Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis or Anaplasmosis, Bartonella, and Powassan Virus – bringing estimates of those infected by all Tick-Borne Illnesses to over 600,000. Due to the complexity of these diseases, mainstream medical methods for dealing with tick-borne illness do not always generate appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

The Howard Young Foundation is addressing this urgent public health concern with the Tick-Borne Illness Center of Excellence in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Since opening its doors in September 2019, the Center has had over 1,000 patient visits giving them hope that they can get better.


Our goal to support this campaign is $3,500,000. Please help us make a difference in our community.

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Autism Services Fund

The Autism Services Fund was created in 2017 to support the growing need for resources and services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in our community. We fund equipment and professional staff that work in the educational and medical advancement of transitioning programs for both children and adults with ASD and learning disabilities.


State-Of-The-Art Hospitals

The purpose of the Foundation is and always has been to support Howard Young Medical Center and Aspirus Eagle River Hospital initiatives that foster the health and well-being of the communities they serve. Beginning in 2012, the Imagine Our Future campaign began a journey to transform and sustain healthcare in northern Wisconsin for generations to come by raising $30 million over the next 15-20 years.


End of Life Care

For individuals who are unable to remain at home during their final months of life, Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services provides care to patients at our hospice home in Woodruff. The peaceful residence is tucked in a scenic wooded area on the edge of town. Your generous donations will help to ensure that the building and grounds continue to provide a peaceful place for patients and their families.


Lakeland Pantry

The Lakeland Pantry's mission is to provide individuals and families with a dependable source of supplemental food, household, and hygiene products plus offer programs designed to improve quality or life for those in need in the Arbor Vitae, Hazelhurst, Lac du Flambeau, Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, and Woodruff area.


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