Guests:  Donna Fox, Executive Director; Nicole Wells, Childcare Specialist; Megan Henry, CASA Program Director, Canopy Center

Canopy Center is a child abuse treatment and prevention agency which works to strengthen the family unit and address the long-term effects of child abuse.

Advocating for the needs of children is paramount. The Center does this through three programs: (1) OASIS supports the healthy functioning of families who have been affected by incest and child sexual abuse. (2) CASA provides volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to work with abused and neglected children who are under the protection or authority of the Dane County Courts. (3) PARENT TO CHILD (P2C) provides supervised family visits to parents and children who are in CHIPS (Children in Need of Protective Services).

On this program, Donna Fox, Nicole Wells, and Megan describe how these programs work to address the often complex and challenging needs of some of Dane County’s most vulnerable children. You’ll hear how every effort is made to create trauma-informed environments, build trust, and reduce the effects of the abuse children and non-offending parents and caregivers have endured. Every situation is different, but the goal is the same: to strengthen families and ensure safety, support and permanence to the lives of children, teens and adults impacted by trauma and adversity.

More information on programs and volunteer opportunities is available at canopy


Guests:  Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, FACS; UW School of Medicine and Public Health;  Sheri Spain, LPHS patient…

If you’re like most people, you probably have not heard of LPHS. It is Loin Pain Hematuria Syndrome – a painful condition which affects mostly younger women. The pain is in the area of the kidney and radiates down to the groin. It has been described as “possibly the worst pain known in medicine.” Up until recently, to control pain, patients primarily depended on large quantities of narcotics.

A new treatment for LPHS that has brought pain relief and returned a normal life to women living with this debilitating condition has now emerged under the leadership of Hans Sollinger, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sollinger’s reputation as one of the world’s leading transplant surgeons is well established. Recently his focus has turned to developing a novel surgical therapy for LPHS with great success.

On this program, Dr. Sollinger describes what he learned about LPHS that led him to a successful treatment not using narcotics, and what the treatment protocol is. Joining the conversation is Sheri Spain, a LPHS patient who is now living a normal, pain-free life after receiving the new treatment. She shares her personal story of how LPHS impacted her life and what she has learned along her journey.


Guest:  Patti Seger, Executive Director, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin…

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is the statewide voice for victims of domestic violence. They are focused on educating victims and the general public, providing safety and support to those experiencing abuse, and preventing and ending domestic abuse for future generations. Their voice is heard in the State Capitol in Madison advocating for laws and policies that work to make Wisconsin a more peaceful and just place.

On this program, Patti Seger, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, reviews their legislative agenda for 2019-2020 which includes: Preventing Inter-generational Cycles of Abuse through Proactive Prevention; Accounting for the Safety of Domestic Abuse Victims and their Children in the Family Law System; Protecting Survivors and their Children in the Child Welfare System; Creating Safety for Immigrant & Undocumented Families; Protecting Victims from Gun Violence, and more.

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Guest: Michael Leckrone, Director (Retired), UW Marching Band and UW Bands…

After 50 colorful years directing UW-Madison’s March Band and serving simultaneously as Director of Bands, Michael Leckrone has retired his baton but will remain on the faculty as a professor in the School of Music. Within the midst of the University’s high academic standards and its competitive Badger spirit, Michael Leckrone stood out as a gifted musician and teacher who injected the spirit of fun into all he did. He has been called a University “icon.”

On this program, Michael Leckrone takes us back to his youth growing up in Indiana through his years at the University of Wisconsin. His stories include describing the behind-the-scenes meticulous planning that went into each half-time performance and the determination to have a Fifth Quarter when Wisconsin played in the Rose Bowl despite push back from the officials in charge.


Guests:  Mary Ann Drescher, president/CEO, Attic Angel Community; Anne Dorne, Vice Chair, Attic Angel Association; Abbi Kruse, Executive Director, The Playing Field…

Since its inception in 1889, when the two Bryant sisters scavenged through their attic to find clothing and other items for needy children, the Attic Angel Association has remained committed to their mission of finding a need in the community and doing something about it. They expanded that mission over the years to include the needs of seniors as well as children.

For their 130th birthday, the Association is planning a public birthday party on Sunday, July 28, from 1 – 4 pm on their grounds on the corner of Old Sauk and Junction Roads. In celebration, Attic Angel has chosen to give back to the community and invites the public to join with them – to support The Playing Field, a non-profit early learning and child care center serving an economically-diverse group of children, many who experience early trauma.

On this program, Mary Ann Drescher and Anne Dorn, share the Attic Angel history and the plans for their 130th birthday celebration. They are joined by Abbi Kruse, executive director of The Playing Field who describes The Playing Field’s unique model of high quality education and care and how the Attic Angel contribution will benefit them.

For more information on The Playing Field, go to Details of the Attic Angel Birthday Party, “Life Is a Playground,” are online at Gifts to support The Playing Field can be made at the event and now through December.