MEET AXEL HELLER

Axel was born at just 30 weeks gestation and spent his first 2½ months in the NICU. When he was just 2½ years old, and only 4 days before Christmas, Axel's parent's received the kind of news no parent ever wants to hear, “your son has cancer”. Axel was diagnosed with...

Meet Steve Panik

Meet Steve Panik Steve is a family man, husband to Sharon, faithful, a good friend and neighbor, and a passionate fisherman. After a very successful fishing trip on Lake Erie in July 2020, Steve returned home and became a little jaundiced. His doctor thought he had a...

MEET OZRAEL” OZ” GUERRERO

MEET OZRAEL "OZ" GUERRERO Creating a welcoming bedroom/playroom are for little Oz to enjoy throughout his unexpected cancer journey is the first order of business as My Happy Place kicks off a new year. Designer, Katie Klemesrud is busy brainstorming all the...

Meet Bethany Zimmerman

Meet Bethany Zimmerman Bethany Zimmerman has unfortunately experienced a fast and furious journey with her cancer diagnosis - progressing from first hearing the words, “your endoscopy revealed that you have esophageal cancer”, to “you have stage 4 metastatic cancer”,...

Meet Rob Johnson

Meet Rob Johnson Rob’s story as told by his daughters, Alex and Amy: Rob, dad, grandpa, brother, friend, pool shark…these are just a few names you may know him by. Rob enjoys spending his time playing pool, tinkering with small engines, and spending time with those he...

MEET AMY FEIST

Meet Amy Feist In 2014 Amy’s first brainstem glioma cancer was cured after radiation, chemotherapy, and prayer. She had several years of health, and then in 2020, she was diagnosed with the same kind of tumor, but now it is growing in her cervical spine. They treated...

MEET LYNN

MEET LYNN SEAQUIST My name is Lynn. My husband, two sons, and I are so excited to be given the gift of a makeover for our bedroom. My husband and I met in 1998. We have been married for 23 years. We met while working for a company that provides educational travel...

Meet Jessica Fischer

My name is Jessica Fischer and I am married to Ryan. We have three beautiful children, Sophie (9yrs), Raleigh (5 yrs), and Holden (1 yr). I am employed as a School Psychological Examiner for Northeast Educational Services Cooperative and Ryan works for the City of...

Meet Caden Woltjer

I’m Caden Woltjer and I’m 12 years old. I live in Marble Rock with my parents, Bev & John Duncomb, 2 older brothers and 2 older sisters. I’m an uncle to 4 nieces and love and enjoy my nieces very much. I’m a 6th grader at RRMR Schools in Rockford. I’m involved in...

Meet Jenny Carroll

Meet Jenny Carroll I was first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer on December 17, 2013. I was a healthy person and the shock was intense. I fought as hard as I could. My son was 13 at the time and was and is my reason for living. I am someone who loves running. I was...

Meet Jess Johnson

Meet Jess Johnson My name is Jess Johnson. I am a mother of 3 wonderful children Jordan, Cooper, Azalya and have 2 beautiful granddaughters. In January I went in for my fist mammogram. Going into this appointment I had not a worry in the world. I do not have a history...

Meet Sonya Kockler

SONYA'S STORY & REVEAL MEET SONYA In late 2021 Sonya began having issues with her left eye. She was having some blurry vision and experiencing “floaters” in her field of vision. She sought treatment and was referred to a Des Moines based retina specialist in early...

Meet Michelle Krysyowski

MEET MICHELLE I'm Michelle When I was 53 yrs. old, I found out I had stage IV colon/rectal cancer. I was the mother of four sons and a Grandma to my oldest grandson, who was only 2 ½ months old. All I remember from that day was the word "cancer". I was by myself when...

Meet Lorenzo Blaisdell

Lorenzo's Story On March 14th, we took our son Lorenzo to Urgent Care because of some odd pain in his joints. Less than 24 hours later, he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), which is a rare form of blood cancer. He immediately underwent surgery to...

Meet Bentley Takes

MEET BRANTLEY TAKES Bentley is a 9-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). He was diagnosed when he was 8 years old. We had always noticed he struggled with going up stairs and fell frequently, but we just thought he was a clumsy kid or was different than...

Meet Tanya Kapler

Meet Tanya Kapler My journey started after a late night ER visit, where I arrived complaining of pain in my lower pelvic area and unexplained bleeding. A doctor referred me to a gynecologist after an extensive workup, telling me he wanted me to see a specialist...

Meet Rourke

MEET ROURKE WACHOLZ Rourke is a typical 6-year-old boy. He loves dinosaurs, playing outside, camping, fishing, going on the pontoon and spending time with family and learning. On March 27, 2021, it was confirmed Rourke had B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A spinal...

Meet Terry Jenson

MEET TERRY JENSONTerry Jensen is a decorated soldier in the US Army National Guard. He never imagined that his biggest battle would not be the time he served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005, but rather fighting the cancer in in own body. My Happy...

Meet Carol Olinger

My name is Carol Olinger and never did I think I would be a recipient of a bedroom makeover, although I can assure you that our room definitely could use it. Because of that, I think my dream team, led by Katie Klemesrud, will be kept busy. My oldest granddaughter...