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Hundreds Come Out For 'Lily's Luau'

Hundreds came out Saturday night in support of finding a cure for epilepsy.

The fundraising event Lily’s Luau was held this weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union.

Organizers said efforts to fight the disease are underfunded while the need remains great, with one in 26 people at risk to experience a seizure or develop epilepsy.

"We have about 500 people joining us tonight for our fourth annual Lily's Luau,” said organizer Dave Giroux. "All of the money raised tonight will support research right here at the UW-Madison."

The event was hosted by WISC-TV's Sarah Carlson and Charlotte Deleste.

For more information, go to the Lily's Fund



Whooping Cough Cases Raise Concern In, Around Dane County

Officials with Public Health Madison & Dane County have issued an advisory on Thursday to health care providers in Dane County regarding measures to minimize the spread of whooping cough.

The advisory urges clinicians to consider testing any patient with the symptoms and begin treatment immediately. Of particular importance is the recommendation that anyone with the symptoms should isolate themselves until they’ve completed five days of treatment.

Officials said there were seven cases of whooping cough reported in the county in November and 12 new cases reported since the beginning of December.

All of these newly reported cases are involving patients age 14 and under. Higher numbers are being reported in nearby communities, officials said. Though these numbers are only a little higher than what is expected at this time of year, it is of concern, since whooping cough is very contagious and can be life-threatening to infants, PHMDC officials said.

Center Supports Seniors Despite Funding Hurdles

Center Supports Seniors Despite Funding Hurdles

On Monday evenings, Jack and Ruth Ann Loew drive about one mile to 602 Sawyer Terrace for dinner. They sit together, conversing with other couples over a tasty meal, served to them in courses. Their dining destination is the West Madison Senior Center and tonight, chicken, beets, rolls and ambrosia are on the menu.

In 2010, the United States Census bureau found that nearly 22 percent of Dane County citizens are currently over 55 years old. The Loews are two of them. Jack served as an aircraft mechanic in World War II and married Ruth Ann in 1948. The newlyweds moved from Milwaukee to Madison, where Jack began working at the University of Wisconsin as a refrigeration repairman. After 36 years, he retired.

The Loews are just one example of the diverse senior population that utilizes the West Madison Senior Coalition's services.

UW Sends Two To Elite Epidemic-Investigation Training

UW Sends Two To Elite Epidemic-Investigation Training

Two people trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine have been chosen for a highly competitive federal program that hones the skills needed to investigate epidemics. The two-year exhaustive training program in epidemiology will take place in the elite Epidemic Investigation Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stephanie Salyer, who graduated from UW-Madison's dual Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Master of Public Health degree program last spring, and Ryan Wallace, a fourth-year veterinary student who will graduate from with a DVM degree in May, are representatives of an emerging collaboration between veterinary medicine and public health, said Christopher Olsen, professor of public health and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Fresh Madison Market Launches Mobile Store

Fresh Madison Market Launches Mobile Store

Jeff Maurer is on a mission to share fresh food. As the owner of Fresh Madison Market, a popular grocery store on University Avenue, Maurer's busy store is generally full of students and university employees.

But recently, Maurer has developed a plan to extend the market’s merchandise to other neighborhoods -- especially areas that normally would not have the same shopping opportunities.

In 2010, Maurer began working with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, and said he quickly took note of the startling lack of healthy food options near the Allied Drive area in South Madison.

"As I was working with the kids, it was really obvious that they were lacking in getting fresh produce, especially fruit," he said.

Maurer believes that part of the problem is limited options for buying food in the neighborhood.

Colleges Against Cancer Offers Support, Hope For Patients

The local group Colleges Against Cancer is fighting to keep the battle against cancer alive and support those braving with the illness.

Consisting of cancer patients, survivors and volunteers, the group spent Friday on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, asking passers-by at Union South to sign words of encouragement onto the letter "o" in a "Wall of Hope." Organizers said that they want to send a message to members of the Congressional Deficit Reduction Supercomittee to avoid cutting cancer research funds as the committee looks to trim at least $1.5 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.

"Everybody is touched by cancer, and this really speaks to that, And you ask pretty much anybody, 'Would you like to write a note of encouragement?' People say, 'yes, because everybody cares,'" said Jenna Hietpas, a group member.

People at UW-Madison signed the letter "o," while other events statewide made the rest of the letters in the word "hope."

Couple Welcomes Child While Mourning Loss Of Twin

A local couple who had to deal with the loss of a child while welcoming a new child hope to raise awareness about the need to fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.

Jeff and Kelly Zimmer met 12 years ago in college and have been married for seven years. They always planned to add children to their family, but it wasn't as easy as they hoped.

"We found ourselves a year in talking to a doctor, and another year later going to a fertility specialist," Jeff said.

It took five years, but this February, thanks to in vitro fertilization, they learned Kelly was pregnant with twins.

But the 17-week ultrasound indicated a problem.

"We could tell right away that the sonographer was concerned about something," Kelly said.

They were sent to a "high risk clinic," knowing only that there was a dangerously low amount of fluid around one twin.

"I said, 'Should we be worried? And he said it is worrisome, and our hearts just sank," Kelly said.