TOMAHAWK - When you think of cancer, you probably think of hospitals, chemo, and going bald.
Thinking of that usually makes us sad, especially when it comes to kids.
But today in Tomahawk, a group of kids decided to embrace it and go joyfully bald.
Nine kids and two teachers from St. Mary’s School in Tomahawk shaved their heads today.
They did it on behalf of St. Baldrick’s, a national organization that raises money for childhood cancer research.
Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has raised over 100 million dollars.
These kids, who call themselves “St. Mary’s Angels,” wanted to add to that by $5,000 – and they’re almost there.
Fifth grader Jimmy Lee is the captain of the team. His mom, Rita Lee, and other teachers help out.
“It’s very humbling to watch a group of kids who are ten years old and younger come together to do something like this,” Rita said. “Even as adults, we feel like we can’t really make a difference just one person. And they just proved to us that you really can.”
Sixth-grader Peter Daigle got involved last year. That’s when his great-aunt died of cancer.
“It was maybe a week before we were going to shave our head, and she passed. And so that really gave me a lot of courage to go up there and shave my head,” he said. “This year, I just did it in remembrance of her and anybody who needs it.”
Peter and Jimmy each raised almost $500. Altogether, the Angels raised almost $4,000. Their goal is $5,000.
If you’d like to donate, you can send a check to St Mary’s School, 221 East Washington Avenue, Tomahawk, IW 54487.
You can also donate online by visiting the link below.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
MADISON - A federal appeals court has upheld Republican Gov. Scott Walker's public union restrictions.
The restrictions stripped most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. Two unions representing city of Madison and Dane County public workers filed a lawsuit in 2011 alleging the law violated their right to freely assembly and equal protection.
U.S. District Judge William Conley found the restrictions constitutional in September. A three-judge appeals panel affirmed Conley's ruling Friday, saying the U.S. Constitution doesn't require the state to maintain policies that allow certain associations to thrive.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen calls the ruling ``a victory for the law and for Wisconsin taxpayers.''
An attorney for the unions tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he needs to talk to his clients before deciding whether to appeal.
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