Guest: Patti Kerr, writer, caregiver and author
After a professional career as a writer, Patti Kerr’s life took an unexpected turn when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She spent the next six years helping her father care for her mother. Realizing the unique challenges of caregiving, Patti put on her writer’s hat soon after her mother’s death and interviewed other children and grandchildren who had cared for a parent with Alzheimer’s.
In 2010, “I Love You, Who Are You?: Loving and Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s” was released. In the book, Patti Kerr shares wisdom she gained as well as that of the caregivers and professionals she interviewed. “The book will guide them from initial diagnosis to the end of the journey,” says Kerr. Patti Kerr shares some of her insights on this radio program.
For more information, visit www.pattikerr.com or email [email protected]


Guests: Molly Kelly, Special Events Manager – American Red Cross, Badger Chapter
Caden Collins – Youth Good Samaritan
Judy Braham – From the Heart Hero

Each year, the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross honors several people and a corporation for their individual acts of demonstrating that – YES, one person CAN make a difference. This year is no exception. Molly Kelly, Special Events Manager of the Badger Chapter brings the 2011 Real Heroes to life, describing the heroism of Joyce Phillips, the Adult Good Samaritan, who saved a man’s life; Bill Troxel, Community Hero, who provided 155 families with Thanksgiving dinner; Dr. Elizabeth Pritts and Dr David Olive, Health Care Heroes, who went to Haiti to provide medical care, and Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells, Corporate Real Hero, who completely funded a Disaster Shelter Trailer.

Caden Collins, Youth Good Samaritan, tells his story of how he wanted to help the children in Haiti when he heard they were without toys because they fell through cracks in the earth. At age six, he took his concern to his Pastor, and the adults listened. Caden’s Fund for the Children of Haiti raised $8000 for toys and playground equipment.

Judy Braham, From the Heart Hero, began donating blood in 1985. In 1990, learning she was a great candidate for removing platelets from the blood, Judy has donated life-saving platelets over 400 times and has donated bone marrow for a patient with leukemia.

The American Red Cross Badger/South Central Wisconsin Chapter serves 13 counties plus Whitewater and South Beloit, IL.


Guests: Meg Robertson, Nurse Practitioner and lead clinician
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin

For almost a century in the U.S. and 75 years in Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood has been the leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. One in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood center. Every year, Planned Parenthood affiliates provide: contraception to nearly 2.5 million patients; more than 1.1 million pregnancy tests; nearly one million Pap tests, identifying about 93,000 women at risk of developing cervical cancer; 830,000 breast exams; nearly 4 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; more than 1.5 million emergency contraception kits, and education and school-based programs to nearly 1.2 million people. In addition, Planned Parenthood provides prenatal care, immunizations, high blood pressure, anemia and diabetes screenings, counsels people about smoking cessation and obesity, and connects them to other primary-care providers and social services.

These services are now at risk as Congress and our State Legislature contemplate cutting federal and state funding for Planned Parenthood. This radio program discusses the multiple health services provided and the five myths about Planned Parenthood including the role and separation of abortion from the totality of care provided.

More information can be found at www.ppwi.org.


Guests: Paul Nausieda, M.D., neurologist, Regional Parkinson Disease Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee
Jay Blankenship, M.S.W., Executive Director, Wisconsin Parkinson Association
Thomas Fritsch, Ph.D., Director, Parkinson Research Institute

Parkinson Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects a part of the brain responsible for controlling and coordinating movement. There is no known cause. The primary symptoms are resting tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness and a loss of balance. Wisconsin has one of the highest prevalence rates in the country for Parkinson Disease. Diagnosing the disease is difficult as there is no test, and many people go undiagnosed and untreated – their lives becoming increasingly physically limiting. Treatments are available today to alleviate the symptoms and help patients regain most of their activities. That is why awareness of the subtleties of the disease and screenings are so critical.

Providing a correct diagnosis or referral, giving the best treatment available, supporting a family caregiver, encouraging a patient to participate in a support group or exercise program, or educating others to recognize the symptoms of Parkinson’s are actions necessary to give everyone with Parkinson Disease the opportunity to lead a full and healthy life.

For more information, listen to the program below and contact the WPA at (800) 972-5455 or go to www.wiparkinson.org.


Guests: Ron Skoronski, diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007
Brad Kahl, MD, Hematologist, Director of The UW Lymphoma Service
UW Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system categorized in two different forms: Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s. There are over 40 kinds of lymphoma, and there is much to learn about this elusive cancer which affects over 544,000 people in the United States. Ron Skoronski was diagnosed with this cancer in 2007 and teamed up with UW hematologist, Dr. Brad Kahl, to accelerate the fight against lymphoma and to find cures. Ron personally donated $1 million to establish the Forward Lymphoma Fund.

On this program, Ron Skoronski tells his personal journey from that shocking moment when he was told he has lymphoma. Dr. Brad Kahl highlights the advances being made by the Lymphoma Research Team at the UW Carbone Cancer Center and the additional research project made possible by the Forward Lymphoma Fund.

For more information, go to www.forwardlymphoma.org