CRANDON - We normally go to concerts to enjoy music or see our favorite bands live.
But last night’s concert had a little something extra.
This concert was meant to raise awareness on Lyme disease at Crandon High Scool.
Sue Reeder was recently diagnosed with the disease, 15 years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
"I always felt like there was something not quite right with that diagnosis," Reeder said.
"I searched in that fifteen years for a Lyme disease diagnosis but was always told no."
Lyme disease is transmitted from the bite of infected ticks.
"So I assumed it could have happened along the way when I was doing something outside. I didn’t have a bulls-eye rash. I did not have any of the classic fever, aches and pains in the beginning. It was more of a slow progression from the start." said Reeder.
But what she does know is that it’s important to have advanced testing done.
"Be more adamant with your doctor to do something if you’re feeling like you have the symptoms of Lyme disease." Reeder said.
"Or if you’ve been bitten, you have a rash, make sure there’s somebody doing something about it."
The easiest preventative measure is to double check your clothes when you come in the house.
"Use some repellant and check yourself over. Throw your clothes in the dryer. It will kill any ticks on there from the heat. Check yourself. Take a shower. Check your kids. Check your pets. Make sure everybody is clean especially before you go to sleep if you sleep with your animals."
Reeder hopes to make this concert an annual event.
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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