I was a stranger and you invited me in..."  -Matthew 25:35 NIV
by Tammy Modic
Anniversary Celebration

If you were not at the Anniversary Benefit you missed a great time. Whether people were taking pictures at the photo booth or dumping their desserts, laughter was heard. Whether you purchased a champagne or beer glass, funds were being raised. Whether you bought basket raffle tickets or bid on live auction items, you were supporting the operations of Frederick Place.

The committee should be proud of themselves as the Hodag Banquet Center was dressed for success that night, and the event was very successful. We were able to raise just over $15,000 in one single night. One hundred and fifty-five people attended the event, but many more made this a profitable night.

Thank you to all who attended.

Thank you to our Table Sponsors: ABX, Nancy Nebgen and friends, BMO Harris, Joe and Joy Smogor, Newcomers & Friends, Dick & Mary Meier and friends, Trinity Lutheran Church, Bill & Carol Miller and friends, Chis & Jane Sharkey, Woodruff TV & Appliance, Park City Credit Union, Hildebrand Funeral Home, Bob Wolf & Susan Bartels and friends, Dave & Linda Jerzak and Ripco Credit Union.

Thank you to the event sponsors: Dale Bishop, Jeff & Joyce Wagner, Bill and Tracey Barnes, Business Insurance Group, CoVantage Credit Union, Eric & Lisa Eggman, Kohls Cares, Dennis & Patricia Perlberg, Steven & Eunice Incha, and Harry & Jean Kroll.

Thank you to the many individuals and businesses who donated items for prizes.

Thank you to the bakers who provided the delicious desserts for the Dessert Dash.

Congratulations to Rhinelander GM-Toyota. They were named “Partner of the Year” for their continued support of NATH - Frederick Place.

Mark your calendars to join us at the 8 th Annual Anniversary Benefit. We hope to see you there on Saturday, February 2, 2019
Rhinelander GM/Toyota was awarded NATH Partner of the Year.
Community Partners

On February 3, 2017, Lake of the Torches held a Craft and Vendor Fair, to benefit NATH-Frederick Place.
In January, teens from Rhinelander High School, ran their yearly event. "Jeans for Teens" they collected jeans from anyone who wished to donate. They dropped off the jeans and then cooked dinner for the residents of Frederick Place. Thank you to all who organized and donated to this great cause.

Tammy Modic, executive director, NATH-Frederick Place, receives the annual contribution from Dr. Michael Schaars, regional medical director, Marshfield Clinic Minocqua Center.

Nancy Sattler, Northwoods United Way Executive Director, presents Tammy Modic, NATH-Frederick Place Executive Director, with a donation for 2018.

Executive Director,Tammy Modic has many speaking engagements that she goes to throughout the year. Here she is standing next to our information board at a recent engagement at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
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Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but rising again after you fall

I never thought to write about Jim when he left in July of 2016, and I don’t believe I was meant to at that time. I think “the powers that be” waited until this moment in time to send me a sign that it was now time to share Jim’s story. The sign I received was a visit from Jim. That visit made me think of a few Vince Lombardi quotes, because they are so inspirational, just as is Jim’s attitude towards life.

Jim was a model resident during the time he called Frederick Place home. He did everything asked of him and more. He quickly got a job, but along with that job he faced an all too common dilemma. Jim had to choose between working a minimum wage job and affordable health insurance. If he accepted the position he would no longer qualify for state assisted insurance. As a diabetic, insurance was a necessity. Long story short, Jim chose to buy insurance and live a paycheck to paycheck existence That choice impacted his future drastically.

Last Spring Jim noticed a minute cut on one of his right toes. A cut of this size would be a momentary nuisance to most, but to a diabetic that same cut could be catastrophic. Diabetes causes blood vessels of the feet and legs to narrow and harden which compromises circulation. In a foot with poor circulation, even the most minor breaks in skin integrity will not heal as would a foot with normal circulation. The longer an open wound is present, the higher the chances of getting an infection. In my former life as a surgical technologist, I was often part of the team urgently called in to remove a diabetic’s toe(s) because a small cut had turned into a raging infection in a matter of days. The reasons these patients waited so long to see a physician varied. Many had had minor cuts that healed well in the past so they took their chances. The main reasons they chose this route were cost and fear of what their doctor would do. 

Jim knew about this complication of diabetes, but he was also painfully aware that he could not afford his $7000 deductible, so he did not go to a doctor right away. Jim took care of the wound and hoped it would heal. A couple days later he knew his efforts failed. He found himself in a doctor’s office being told he needed to get to a hospital right away. That little cut had rapidly grown into a raging, vertically moving, gangrenous infection. The offending toe and right side of his foot had to be removed. I wish I could say that was the end of Jim’s trips to the operating room, but I cannot. He was taken to the operating room to have the wound cleaned up three times. Bacteria cannot be seen with the naked eye, so the surgeon debrided any visible dead tissue and scheduled an MRI. Jim saw the MRI and knew just how bad it was. He told the surgeon to just take the leg rather than continue trying to save it. On his last trip to the OR a below the knee amputation (BKA) was performed.

         Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.

This second quote is another one of St. Vince’s that is germane to Jim’s life after his BKA. The first obstacle he faced was where to go to recover. One just doesn’t lose a limb and go home. Jim lived alone so returning to his apartment was not an option so he ended up going to a nursing home for his post-op recovery and wound care. When he was deemed healed enough to go home, he had to have his apartment evaluated to determine if it was compatible with the wheelchair he would be using until he received his prosthesis. His apartment did not pass this inspection, so back to the nursing home he went until he could find suitable housing. Therein lay his second obstacle. The apartments he found that had accommodations for a wheelchair were either beyond his means or there was a mile long waiting list.

                 The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

Jim’s attitude is so positive it is stunning. He has been diabetic for years and knew this could happen. He does not blame himself or the decisions he made. He chose to accept his fate and move on rather than letting this loss fill his thoughts. Of course he wishes this had not happened (or would have happened to his left leg in which he has a very painful condition called Charcot’s joint), but it did so why wallow in self-pity? He could have wasted last summer away feeling sorry for himself, but he instead he helped out at brat sales in his wheelchair. He wanted to give back for all he received while at Frederick Place. He is 57 years old and has been living in a nursing home since June of 2017 (he is still there). The only complaint I’ve heard is that his roommate’s TV is a little loud at times. He still does not have his official prosthesis but is thrilled with the temporary one because it allows him to drive, and driving means freedom. Jim is currently on a waiting list for an apartment in his hometown of Kenosha. He is waiting patiently for word that he is at the top of the waiting list.

Wherever Jim goes he will continue to face new challenge, and I don’t doubt he will have days in which he feels he is fighting an uphill battle. I also don’t doubt he will maintain his amazing positive attitude, because he has been climbing that mountain since June and knows, as Vince did, that the man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.
Tribute Corner

In Memory of

  Jeanette Kuziej
Betty Birginal

Ways you can become a NATH Partner and donate 

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Go to Thrivent.com/action team to get started. Here are some questions you may see when applying. What is the need you and your volunteer team want to tackle? How will your volunteer team spread generosity in your community? When will your project take place? How will you use your $250 seed money to make a bigger impact?

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Some of the ways you could help NATH/Frederick Place, would be as a sponsor for Summer Raffle, Anniversary Benefit, Harvest Hoedown, Soup for Shelters, Golf Scramble or by preparing a meal or two for the house residents. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

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NATH Wish List
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following groups.  
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ - Rhinelander
  • Human Service Center
  • Pastor John, and Rita, Bill & Joan Green - Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church - Conover
  • Pine Grove Church- Chris and Don Sturm
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • The Table – St. Augustine Episcopal Church - Rhinelander
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Rhinelander
  • National Honor Society
  • Nicolet National Bank
  • Karen Langbecker
  • Orrin
  • Anna Will and girls
  • Diane/Don Reupert
  • Kris Rau
  • Montessori School
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church
  • Nancy
  • Carly Ratliff
  • Pastor John and confirmation class
  • Xylina Graf & family
  • Linda H
Open Meal Dates