Tracy Ballzer

Tracy Ballzer

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 07:33

NOW WHAT?

manchester afp

This is horrible... and heartbreaking. People, a lot of them children, out to have a good time and witness what I can only imagine was an amazing performance from Ariana Grande. Then mass chaos and fear. Right after the show, the lights went up in the Manchester Arena that held 21,000 fans, and then an explosion. A suicide bomber set off what was basically a nail bomb just outside of the arena, killing 22 and injuring another 59. The who, why, and how in this situation will come throughout today I'm sure but how it makes me feel may not get better. My heart goes out to the families of the victims as well as those who survived and will have to live with those images in their mind for the rest of their lives.

I'd be lying if I didn't say that these things make me a little nervous. Even before the Paris concert attack, I think twice when going to large events. While I refuse to let fear rule my activities, I make sure to be even more mindful than usual and pay attention to my surroundings. We cannot allow the actions of few to hinder our desire to enjoy life. I'm a math girl, so when I think about it logically, the odds are way higher that something will happen to me in my day-to-day normal activities. I love seeing live music way too much to let this actually stop me from attending.

I also cannot imagine what Ariana is going through. News reports this morning say that she is inconsolable and has postponed her European tour. Last night, Ariana said on Twitter: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."

I will just take this as another reminder to share my love with the people that are important to me and live every day to its fullest. Hugs to you all!

~Ballzer

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:16

Stand By Damian

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO DAMIAN'S GOFUNDME PAGE!

Here's his story:

Damian is a 16 year old young gentlman who is a sophmore in high school. I grew up and went to school with his two older brothers. On May 15th, 2017 Damian was on his way home. Unfortunately, on this day he never made it home like intended. With less than 15 minutes to his front door, his life had changed before he could blink his eyes. Damian hit a culvert on the side of the road causing his Jeep to spin out of control, flip over the guard rail and land upside down.

By an act of God, Damian was able to make it out of the vehicle, crawl up the embankment to the side of the road and flag down someone for help. Thankfully a nurse who happened to be driving by saw his cry for help and pulled over on the side of the road to assist Damian. Then, at this time a call was placed to dispatch medical help.

Damian was rushed to Black River Falls Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, WI. It was then established that Damian had broke his neck and he would need to be MedLinked to Gundersen Lutheran in LaCrosse, WI. Due to severe weather, choppers were ground and Damian had to be escorted via ambulance to LaCrosse.

Once he arrived at Gundersen in LaCrosse he was seen and evaluated by the neurosurgeon. It was assessed that Damian would have to have surgery but it had to wait until the morning.

Damian had a bone graft to fuse his C4 and C5 vertebraes together. Damian is in excrutiating pain, he has to wear a cervical collar for 6 to 8 weeks and has a total recovery time of 6 to 8 months.

During this time Damian will not be able to finish out his Sophmore year of high school. His mother is the only and sole provider in the home and will not be able to return to work immediately so she can tend to Damian in this time of need.

How You Can Help
This was an extremely unexpected accident to happen to Damian and his family. As we all know with emergency surgery, medical expenses can become astronomical. As the medical bills are piling up, the day to day living expenses haven't gone away. And, while Damian's mother is providing loving support and comfort to him at his bedside, she is unable to work and keep a consistent income in the household at this time.

Any funds raised by this message will help support Damian and his family and will be allocated towards medical and living expenses for Damian.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 07:08

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

TOLD YA! ABC confirmed yesterday that Katy Perry will be a judge on the rebooted “American Idol." She was also seen filming “Carpool Karaoke” this week with James Corden. The segment is expected to be part of James primetime special in May.

NEW JAMS: Zedd claims he is working on new music with Iggy Azalea and Liam Payne of One Direction

MORE INSPIRATION FOR HER NEW ALBUM! Taylor Swift is allegedly dating British actor Joe Alwyn.

RETRO MADNESS: ABC might be out of new ideas, in addition to their Idol reboot, “The Little Mermaid Live!” will air in October and ABC confirmed “Roseanne” is getting an eight-episode, sequel series next year.

SINGLE GAL ALERT! Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch have broken up

AND THE WINNER IS... Jimmy Kimmel will return next year to host the Academy Awards. Unless that's a mistake and they meant to announce Jimmy Fallon...

Monday, 15 May 2017 07:18

LINZY SENDELBACH

WEEK OF MAY 15, 2017

Linzy Sendelbach is a freshman at Arcadia High School. She is a varsity starter in all 3 of her sports: volleyball, basketball, and softball. She also maintains a 4.0 GPA and is top of her class by taking advanced placement classes.
During the summer she takes part in basketball and softball leagues and helps out her dad with his construction company. She hopes to go into Engineering at UW Madison once she graduates.

 

 

Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:50

HELP BRADLEE GET A NEW WHEELCHAIR!

DONATE TO THE GOFUNDME PAGE FOR BRADLEE HERE!

"Bradlee Ewert is the most dedicated outdoorsman that I have the great pleasure of knowing and call a great friend. I want to ensure that he has the ability to participate in his outdoor hobbies that he loves.

My name is Cody Kamrowski. I am twenty-three years old, a Wisconsinite and a very active outdoor enthusiast. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying environmental policy. A key issue I find of great interest and want to focus on in my career is getting all individuals in the outdoors no matter what obstacles stand in their way.  One of my closest friends and his family is facing this issue with their youngest son, Bradlee Ewert. He is nineteen years old and has recently graduated high school. He is the guy that everyone wants to talk to and everyone enjoys his presence because of his contagious positive attitude.

Bradlee’s access to participate in outdoor events at which he loves are becoming more and more challenging to access as each day passes by. Bradlee has Friedreich’s Ataxia, which is a disease that progressively effects the body’s nervous system as well as the muscle coordination system. These effects have now put Bradlee in a wheelchair.  If an activity involves being outdoors, you can bet on Bradlee being in the forefront smiling, laughing and simply enjoying his time. Just this fall, on the second day of his trapping season, he caught a mature male bobcat. Which with the help of several friends, the bobcat was successfully released. When I go fishing with Bradlee I always need to bring my notebook and take notes on how to actually catch fish. He always seems to out fish me and I lose the wager of who caught biggest fish, and the most fish.

Bradlee is the most dedicated outdoorsman and driven individual that I have the pleasure to call a friend. Together we can ensure Bradlee can easily access the wide array of activities that he likes to do. The chair at which we would like to see Bradlee in is the “Trackstander” produced by Action Manufacturing and costs $16,000. I am asking for $20,000 to acquire the chair, chair accessories and hauling equipment. I’m taking it upon myself to acquire the money through donations to get him the chair. If it wasn’t for Bradlee, I would not be the passionate person I am today without his imprint. If you or your organization could donate to the cause of getting Bradlee Ewert a rubber tracked wheel chair that would be deeply appreciated.

Just to be fully clear with everyone that is donating funds to Bradlee. The money will be withdrawn by myself (Cody) and put into a "Bradlee Ewert Benefit Account" that Bradlee's father and myself have created and are in charge of. We want to make sure you know where your donations will be placed and will be taken care of responsibly by the family and myself to purchase the rubber tracked chair for Bradlee!

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Cody Kamrowski"

Monday, 01 May 2017 11:02

GIVE HOPE FOR GARRETT

Nikhill Saluja once said "Being a Mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children go."

Peg Schilling,  a single mom to young Garrett Schilling, is fighting stage four colon cancer. After undergoing six major surgeries and chemo treatments, resources have been drained. As time marches on Peg's strength is rapidly declining, the cancer is winning.

For the last two years, Peg and Garrett's life has been in turmoil as they fight this battle together. At the same time, Garrett, a teenager of 14 struggles to cope with the many challenges in his increasingly uncertain world.  

We are asking for donations to support a stable home for Garrett and provide for his daily care during this incredibly difficult time. Your donation is crucial now to help Garrett move forward each day with the knowledge that his basic needs are provided for by a community of compassionate individuals that offer support, prayers and  hope.     

Your generous donation will directly impact Garrett's ability to find a reason to move forward without Peg by his side.

"I know my heart will live on in my son. For God has whispered to me that I have only one home, and that is with Him. It is time to go home."
Thank you and God Bless

CLICK HERE FOR GARRETT'S GOFUNDME PAGE!

Friday, 28 April 2017 08:37

WE CHAT WITH ANDY GRAMMER!

 

 

Andy Grammer called us this morning to chat about his show tonight at Winona State!

Check out our interview here:

 

Doors at 6:30, Vinyl Theater at 7:30 then Andy Grammer!

$20 for WSU students, $30 for general public

Tickets available at the McCown ticket booth starting at 2 today. No credit card sales day of show, cash or check only

 CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE SHOW!

 

Monday, 24 April 2017 07:25

KAITLYN GILBERTSON

WEEK OF APRIL 24, 2017

Kaitlyn Gilbertson is a junior at Black River Falls. Softball is her sport! When she's not playing softball, she's active in marching and concert band, playing the flute. She also competes in solo and Ensemble with flute and competes in singing.

Kaitlyn is very active with her church with the high school choir and is a Peer Minister. She's on the Honor Roll, was February's Student of the Month, and even has a part time job!

 

Thursday, 20 April 2017 07:30

CAMP WINNEBAGO DONATION

Camp Winnebago provides recreational opportunities for people of ALL abilities in the Winnebago Valley. Their camp offers a few different things:

1)  Special needs summer camp that operates in the summer  
2) Public campground along Winnebago Creek  
3) Facilities that can be rented for events such as: weddings, reunions, conferences

Their annual spring fundraiser helps to fund the camp and Zcare was honored to make a donation with our partners G.E.C.U. The Friendly Credit Union. You can buy tickets or just donate to help out!

Click the pic for more details:

Monday, 17 April 2017 11:07

HEART OF LA CROSSE COMEDY

It’s hard to believe that another show has come and gone for the comedy troupe I’m in, Heart of La Crosse. Earlier this month we did an improv show based on a rock band reuniting. It was all made up as the night went along and it was different every night! The audience decided our character's roles in the band and interacted with the show the whole night. We're the only fully interactive comedy troupe in La Crosse and I'm so proud to be a part of the group! The cast for this show was myself, Lisa Olson, Brad Williams (part of the station's news team), Todd Olson, Travis Michaels, Jonanthon Lamb, and Taylor Gruszka. 

For those of you that attended, I can’t thank you enough. If you missed it, we will do more shows, don’t worry! We'll be involved with Artspire at the Pump House in June, a community arts event sponsored in part by Mid-West Family Broadcasting. We also do 3 weekends in September at the Pump House that is mostly sketch comedy. There’s singing parodies, videos, sketches, and even a little dancing.

I’ve been in Heart of La Crosse for a decade now and it’s lots of fun. I like knowing that we can make someone’s day just a little bit better for the few hours they are laughing at our show. We write all of our own material for our sketch show and most of our troupe has been together a long time so we have built so much trust in each other. We all bring different skills and personality to the group so there’s a very unique blend of talent to put on an entertaining night of fun! We also do improv for private parties, which another interesting way we perform. Companies frequently hire us for their holiday events and it’s a blast to interact with different people for each show.

This year we started a ridiculously fun podcast that is in the style of an old radio play. It’s Called Mills Glen and it's about small town in the upper midwest. You can listen to it HERE.

We'll see ya again real soon!

Much love, 

Ballzer

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