Every event we do is grounded in the reality that there are so many children fighting cancer and other blood disorders for which there is no cure. One of our goals is to bring awareness to the many faces who have dealt with this exact reality. This year’s Nine, Wine & Dine event honors Leah Theisen.
In April 2004, at the age of 16, Leah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She faced a daunting 2 ½ – 3 year treatment plan full of chemotherapy, medications, schedules and procedures. Leah relapsed after about 18 months and had a Bone Marrow Transplant in February 2006. She was extremely lucky to find that her sister, Melissa, only 11 years old at the time, was a perfect match. With help from her family, friends and some dedicated teachers, she was able to graduate high school on time and even attend graduation with a bald head, feeding tube and all. Despite still having complications from her treatments, Leah pursued her desire to attend college and enrolled part-time at UW-Madison. Leah left for college with a central line still in place, receiving IV medications and taking pills every day.
Four years later, Leah graduated with a double major in Communication Disorders and Psychology and went on to graduate school at UW-Milwaukee. In 2013, she graduated with her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders and found a job in Early Intervention with a Birth – 3 program. Today she is still working with families and young children in Early Intervention and Leah says she is lucky to be doing something she loves. None of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts from doctors, nurses and the research efforts of organizations like the MACC Fund.
You’ll get the opportunity to meet, Leah, the inspiration behind this year’s Nine, Wine & Dine event in September, but here’s a few fun facts you might enjoy learning about her:
Favorite spot in MKE? That’s a tough one. Does the river/lake count? My parents joined a boat club earlier this summer and we have been taking boats out on the river and watching fireworks and stuff from the boat all summer and it is awesome!! I love to be out on the water. I also do like Atwater Beach, I live close to there, it’s a nice place to unwind.
Favorite restaurant? Caterina’s Ristorante in West Allis. If you’ve never been there you should definitely go. Super authentic, very delicious Italian restaurant.
Favorite book? Definitely A Prayer for Owen Meany.
Drink of choice? I don’t like coffee and I don’t really like wine either, but I’ll drink it once in a while, haha. I’m more of a beer girl 🙂 I think my favorite would have to be either Ale Asylum Ambergeddon or good ol’ Spotted Cow 🙂 Or, I really do like Stella too. Haha, too many to pick from!!!
Favorite candy? Peanut M&M’s for sure.
Our thanks to Leah for her time and participation in this year’s event!
Fantasy, Fashion and Fabulousness Await You at the 34th Annual Couture for a Cure
Women for MACC is thrilled to share an afternoon of fashion and fantasy with you at the 34th annual Couture for a Cure fashion show and luncheon on Tuesday, November 1st at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Immerse yourself in a fairytale-inspired afternoon deep within an enchanted forest full of magic and whimsy, complete with the finest offerings available through the annual silent auction, wine pull and grand raffle!
There are so many easy ways for you to get involved. Consider a sponsorship or secure your ticket to the event today – tables are filling up quickly! Get a front row seat to all that the day has to offer, from the premier fashion show and delectable lunch to the magnificent silent auction and exquisite wine pull.
Don’t miss your chance at the Grand Raffle Vacation Package courtesy of FunJet Vacations! Immerse yourself in the fantasy of you and a guest enjoying a romantic, three-night getaway at the El Dorado Royale spa resort in dreamy Rivera Maya, Mexico. Complete with two non-stop, charter flight plane tickets, this all-inclusive fantasy (valued at $2,400) package will become a reality for the lucky winner of this year’s Grand Raffle!
If you’re not available to join us on November 1, or will be joining us but would like to contribute further, we are also seeking items to round out the remarkable offerings for this year’s silent auction. In particular, we could use your help with sports-related items, unique toys and experiences for kids and one-night (or longer!) stays at resorts throughout Wisconsin.
Of course, we’re still collecting donations for a variety of fabulous wines for the annual wine pull. Please remember that a donation of any size makes a big impact on our fight to end pediatric cancer and blood disorders and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
It’s so easy to get involved – simply visit the 34th Annual Couture for a Cure event page to get started. Thank you for supporting our efforts to give children with cancer the chance to live happily ever after!
It’s through the tenacity, passion and support of our dedicated board members that allow us to help make a difference in pediatric cancer research. The mission of our organization is held with pride by each board member and each has their own personal story as to why they volunteer their valuable time to Women for MACC.
“I joined WMACC because I believe no parent should have to watch their child fight to so hard to live and research is the key to making this a reality. Through my involvement, I hope to spread the word about childhood cancer and blood disorders and raise as much money as we can to help support the MACC Fund.” – Michelle Pape
“I joined after attending the Couture for a Cure event with a board member in 2009 and instantly fell in love with organization and its mission. I became a member a few days after Couture and, within a few years, was on the board and eventually became the president of this wonderful group. My goals now as a voting past president and a Co-Chair for the Nine, Wine and Dine is to help grow the organization as well as nurture the new and fabulous all-women golf event!” – Jessica Monville
Amazing Nine, Wine & Dine Raffle Packages Await YOU!
Nine, Wine & Dine is teeing up some fabulous packages for this year’s raffle. Golf game not on par? No problem! You can still be a winner. Simply purchase tickets for a chance to take home these great items and more.
“Let’s Go Red!: Four (4) tickets to watch the Badger Football team take on Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, November 12 (Homecoming weekend). You’ll be “jumping around” if you win these seats! Value $300.
“A Capital Christmas”: Two (2) tickets to the Milwaukee Rep’s A Christmas Carol on Thursday, December 8th and $175 gift card to The Capital Grille to kick off your holiday season. Value $275.
“Be the BubbleBall”: Literally, be the ball with the latest craze…Bubble Soccer! Package features a one-hour party for up to 25 people, with balls, referees and goals, plus fun Milwaukee Wave gear. It’s perfect for a large family outing or team-building event. Learn more at:www.bubbleballsportz.com. Value $400.
“Ping Pong Party”: Host your own table tennis tourney in a semi-private event space that can accommodate up to 50 people. You’ll get exclusive use of 3 tables for two hours plus a $50 bar tab. Check it out at:www.evolutionmke.com. Value $350.
A+ electronics, including a Fitbit Charge HR, android tablet, Koss stereo headphones, Bluetooth speaker and more.
“Foodie Fairway”: Similar to a wine pull, your $25 donation gets you AT LEAST a $25 restaurant gift card to some area favorites, including Bel-Air Cantina, Revere’s in Delafield, Trocadero, Champp’s and more. You’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth or more! The Food Fairway features gift cards in $25, $50 and $75 denominations.
Do you ever wonder how the MACC Fund came to be? You can learn more about the history of the MACC Fund, as well as the the great strides that have been made since its founding in 1976, by watching this video featuring MACC Fund President and Co-Founder, Jon McGlocklin.
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