Meet Our Donors

A special connection and a lasting impact

Dean and Julie JorstadDean and Julie Jorstad share a special connection to Children's Wisconsin. It's not only where they both worked for more than three decades—Dean as a pharmacist in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and Julie as a nurse—but it's also where they met and fell in love. More
 

Finding a way to healing and hope

Judy JohnsonWhen doctors first told Judy Johnson that her beautiful baby girl, Christine, had hypoplastic left heart syndrome, she was stunned. She assumed there must be a surgical fix for her daughter’s severely underdeveloped heart. But at the time, there wasn’t. More
 
 
 
 
 
 

Planning to Make the Biggest Impact

The BuehrlesCreate the future you want for your kids — that's the philosophy guiding Dan and Karen Buehrle's approach to family, work, and philanthropy. More
 
 
 
 

Caring for Kids in Every Possible Way

Shirley and Albert SchmidtOne simple idea inspires Shirley and Albert Schmidt's giving to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "Kids trust us to take care of them," Shirley said. And for nearly 30 years, the Schmidts have found a multitude of ways to make good on that trust. More
 
 

A Father's Lifesaving Legacy

Joe LemelWhen Joe Lemel experienced every parent's worst nightmare — the death of his son Adam, age 17, from sudden cardiac arrest on a high school basketball court — he knew that his life's work, and Adam's legacy, would be to make a difference for other families. More
 

Giving Back — Just Because He Can

Dennis WisniewskiWhen asked to pick his favorite volunteer experience for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Guardian Society member Dennis Wisniewski has many to choose from. But he is quick to name the Children's Champion breakfast at Briggs & Al's Run & Walk, where hundreds of current and former patients gather before the big event. More
 

Opening the Door to a Lasting Gift

Carole and Alan BendtsenMost parents with three young children would say that their hearts — and their home — are already full. But nearly 50 years ago, Carole and Alan Bendtsen decided they could find a little more room for kids who needed them. Today, they are Guardian Society members committed to supporting the foster care program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. More
 

A Dad and Daughter Pay It Forward at Children's

Marc and Audra Daniloof with a nurse“You never know when you are going to need this place. But when you need it, you are exactly where you are supposed to be.” For Marc Daniloff, that time was February 2013, when his 15-year-old daughter, Audra, developed a high, unexplained fever. She and her dance team brought home a trophy at the state championships that weekend, but the fever persisted. More
 

An Artist and Activist Invests in the Future

Patricia ObletzPatricia Obletz had the future in mind when she included Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in her estate planning. “Good mental health prepares us for life’s challenges,” Patricia said. “If your mind is okay, you can handle just about anything.” More
 

Personal Connection to Children’s Inspires Ann to Give

Ann FreudenthalAnn Freudenthal’s introduction to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin began the same way as many others did: by visiting a loved one. In 2002, Ann’s nephew Hans was born at 27 weeks and weighed less than 3 pounds. More
 
 

A life touched by gratitude and a life spent giving back

Dorothy HealeWhen Dorothy Heale was a child, she was taught that sharing and giving are the same, and she watched as her family gave as much as they could – and then gave more. It was a lesson she never forgot.  More
 
 

An investment in “futures” that can’t be beat

Brian WarneckeAt Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we often think of that saying when we think of our Guardian readers. You have a real vision for the world you want to help create for future generations of children.  More
 

 

A Special Gift That Supports Incredible Care.

Ed and Anna JostOn Feb. 8, 2008, Ed and Anna Jost's niece, Kim, went into labor. Kim's third child, Brandon, was born with Down's Syndrome and admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Thanks to the expert care provided by our level IV NICU in Milwaukee and a multidisciplinary team of specialists, Kim and her husband, Greg, are now blessed to have a six-year-old boy who is growing stronger each day.  More
 

Truly Wonderful.

Carol KlingHow does one describe a woman who spent her entire career teaching first graders, whose love of kids led her and her late husband, Franklin, to arrange for a gift to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in their estate plans? How about Mrs. Wonderful? It's an endearing nickname that Carol Kling embodies. More
 

A Place to Call Home.

Steve ScheilFirst birthdays are an important milestone. For Steve Scheil, imagining a tiny, smiling, frosting-covered face, it was all the more special. At the age of one, Steve Scheil was adopted and found the warmth of a loving "forever" home.  More