RHINELANDER - Today, Easton Senoraske feels pretty good, by tomorrow he probably won’t. Easton has leukemia, and the chemo that’s saving his life, is also putting it on hold.
Last year, around this time the 13-year-old played baseball for the Hodags. Now he's sidelined.
"You can tell it's taken a toll on him a little bit. Body-wise, strength-wise… He still has strength but, you know, he’s tired more,” said Mark Senoraske, Easton's father. “[He] still has a smart mouth, so you know, that's the road to recovery," he said with a smile.
For now, Easton travels to Marshfield from Rhinelander, every 2 weeks, for treatment that costs thousands of dollars, out-of-pocket.
"Today's a big one, it's tens of thousands of dollars,” said Senoraske. “But it's part of his treatment... You really can't put a price on it, you know? You have to have it done. That's why the support of the community is… you can't put a price on that…"
Tomorrow friends are holding a Family Fun Night to fundraise for Easton's treatment and travel cost. They're calling it "Going to Bat for Easton" in honor of his love for baseball.
It's at the Taj Majal Banquet Center in Rhinelander tomorrow between 2:00 and 10:00 pm.
There will be live music, a spaghetti dinner, a bake sale, games and crafts for children, arcade games, the Rhinelander Fire Department, and tons of raffles.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
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.”
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