Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Girl who's needed nearly a dozen operations will now represent area at Congress of Future of Medical LeadersSubmitted: 01/31/2014

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com

EAGLE RIVER - Medical groups use the Congress of Future Medical Leaders to inspire, motivate
and direct students following medicine.

It's an event for the brightest young Americans.

This year's event will include an Eagle River junior.

Jessica Sullivan goes to school at Northland Pines High School. She's excited to
see the nation's capital for the first time.

But she wasn't completely on board with the opportunity when she first got the
letter in the mail.

"At first I was kind of indifferent because I thought it was a scam, just
something to get money," Sullivan said. "And then we looked into it and when we
saw it was backed by the American Heart association then we began to get excited."

Sullivan has a genetic condition that impacts the symmetry of her body.

That's why her left leg was about four inches shorter than her right leg.

Doctors have helped extend the bone through painful operations to match the
length of her right leg. Sullivan says she's had more than 10 surgeries.

But her mother Theresa finds inspiration in her daughter.

"Every day keeping her focus up and her optimism and determination and you know
she's been my inspiration," Theresa said. "So I'm not just proud of her but I'm
in awe."

Jessica Sullivan says she wants to help people the way doctors helped her.
She'll be in Washington for the Congress on February 14th.

The Sullivan's will get the chance to meet PhDs, Nobel Prize winners and Ivy
League reps during the three day program. Sullivan says each day's program
starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.





Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Successful Lac du Flambeau mixed martial artist Frank Schuman found himself in trouble with the law again last week.

Schuman is charged with 11 counts related to battery and domestic abuse in Vilas County.

+ Read More

Play Video

ARBOR VITAE - The thought of a shooter entering a school makes for a terrifying thought, but teachers know it could happen anywhere.

Teachers from Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elementary School can go into this year with confidence they know what to do if that terrifying situation becomes reality.

"It's a little intimidating, but I think you just have to let go of your worries and your anxiousness," said first grade teacher Tiffany Handrick.

+ Read More

WAUSAU - The Marathon County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two people who were killing in a Sunday car crash.

Rudolph Schleif, 88, and Emily Schleif, 87, were killed from injuries in the crash.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - Going back to school can be a fun time. A school in Merrill wants to make sure its students stay safe.

Trinity Lutheran Grade School makes sure its students know the importance of crosswalk safety. 

"Once they're outside they're usually pretty good, "said Jeff Holt.

 "Again understanding how important it is following the safety rules. 

They see what could potentially happen if they don't." Holt is a teacher and safety patrol advisor. 

The safety patrol is run by 25, sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

 The students help get kindergartners onto buses, through car lines, and to their after school programs.

McKenna Skic is one of the youth crossing guards.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - Golfers in Wausau know their money will go to a good cause after Monday.

The Marshfield Clinic teamed up Furniture and Appliance Mart for their 14th annual 'Fore a Cure' golf outing.
 
The outing raises awareness and money for breast cancer detection equipment.

"Some of these golfers have been here 14 years straight. We have a great group and they love it, which is why they come back," said Fore a Cure Event Organizer Bill Fonti. "It's not only the cause and what it's for but it's also the outing itself and it's a great outing."

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - From your neighbor to local volunteers, you can call many people in your community a hero. Now, you can give back to those who are making a difference.

Merrill Sheet Metal Works is a part of the Bryant Community Heroes program for the second year. It's giving away a free Bryant furnace to someone in the community.

Bryant Heating and Cooling will honor up to 40 people across the Midwest.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERCER - A few times, people in Mercer almost gave up.

For years, they had dreamed of a paved hiking and biking trail which would improve the look of their town, provide a new recreational outlet, and connect to the trail system in Vilas County.

More than once, it looked like it might not happen.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here