Behind the Scenes Archive

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A Body in Motion: Moving with Parkinson’s

A Body in Motion: Moving with Parkinson’s

Dr. Jane Busch helps others with Parkinson's move to the Latin rhythms of Zumba. Her Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease hasn't stopped her, and she's making sure others know it doesn't have to stop them.

February 2013
60 Years of Insight

60 Years of Insight

Karen Perzentka has spent most of her life improving the lives of other blind and visually impaired adults in Wisconsin. She looks back as the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired turns 60.

November 2012
Local Pastor Lifting the Mask on Child Abuse

Local Pastor Lifting the Mask on Child Abuse

Pastor Susan Schneider has dedicated her life to making the world a better place. Now she's working to lift the mask that's keeping child abuse in the dark.

October 2012
Friends Form Bond Through a Lifetime of Giving Back

Friends Form Bond Through a Lifetime of Giving Back

Dollie and Bette have been friends since college, and their drive to help others has kept them together and lively into their 80s.

October 2012
Being Part of the Solution for Children in Our Community

Being Part of the Solution for Children in Our Community

Carlee Cramer knew if she wanted to help struggling kids in Dane County she had to get involved. She dove right into the action two years ago by volunteering with Rainbow Project. Along with her husband, she helps set up special events, provides daycare for kids being raised by grandparents or other relatives and speaks out passionately for the need to get involved.

September 2012
Cooking Up Good Times at the Good Food Garden Party

Cooking Up Good Times at the Good Food Garden Party

Marge Pitts has helped grow Community Groundworks from the roots of Troy Gardens. Serving as a jack-of-all-trades for the organization, Pitts role as a server at Tornado Steakhouse has also helped play a role in developing the Good Food Garden Party. She believes in the organization, and serves anyway she's needed.

September 2012
New Arts Fundraising Website is a Citizen's Power Tool For Giving

New Arts Fundraising Website is a Citizen's Power Tool For Giving

Scott Foss loves giving money to worthy arts organizations in Madison. He just wishes there were more money to give. As a commission member of DaneArts, Foss has helped implement an online giving platform, Power2Give. Similar to other online sites, this gives Madison locals the chance to donate any increment to the arts. Showing how every cent makes a difference.

August 2012
How One Woman Turned Hurting Into Healing for Domestic Violence Victims

How One Woman Turned Hurting Into Healing for Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic Violence is a silent issue we don't often hear about until it's too late to help. Even if you have time to help, it's not easy to know what to do. Diane West felt exactly this way while one of her closest friends stayed in an abuse relationship. Despite her attempt to help, West's friend stayed in the relationship that ultimately led to her death. Now, West speaks out against this issue in an attempt to help others before it's too late and to encourage others to talk about it.

June 2012
Helping a Friend Turned Into Helping All Women in Dane County Affected by Breast Cancer

Helping a Friend Turned Into Helping All Women in Dane County Affected by Breast Cancer

Deb Kusmec Aguilar has never suffered from breast cancer, but has devoted a large amount of her life to assisting women who have been. After her dear friend Lisa encouraged her to become involved at Breast Cancer Recovery, Kusmec was smitten with the usefulness she felt at helping these women. Her work continues today as she strives to help all breast cancer survivors return to their beautiful, rejuvenated selves.

June 2012
Former US Army Reserve Uses Talents to Assist Those Affected by Natural Disasters

Former US Army Reserve Uses Talents to Assist Those Affected by Natural Disasters

Max Oleson has always worked hard to assist people in need, no matter what the situation is. From serving in the US Army Reserve Commanding General to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Olseon believes in helping in any situation. Most recently, Oleson has dedicated himself to volunteering with the American Red Cross in the Disaster Services to help those impacted by natural disasters. Using his talents from his army reserve days, Oleson has proved himself as the 2012 American Red Cross From the Heart Hero.

May 2012

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