RHINELANDER - A Northwoods high schooler made a difference by hosting a bone marrow drive in Rhinelander Saturday.
Rhinelander High School Key Club hosted "Be The Match" inside the schools cafeteria.
The purpose of the event is to add people to the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. A representative for "Be The Match" says about 12 thousand patients need a bone marrow transplant each year.
"Some have a match and others do not. So every person that joins the registry, whether they become a match or not, is giving hope," said Be The Match community engagement specialist Kelli Vanderwielen. "I always communicate that with every drive sponsor that one person getting on the registry that day makes a huge difference."
One of the donors plans to donate a kidney to his aunt this year and has done blood drives before, but nothing like this.
"I knew about donating bone marrow, but it's just something… it's harmless," Bone Marrow donor Jason Hall said. "Come in for half hour, get the test and I'm on my way."
It all depends on the genetic make up of the donor on whether they're a match for the patient. It could take weeks before they know if they're a match.
We'll tell you why the Northwoods Transit Connection which provides transportation in Oneida and Vilas Counties may discontinue some operations temporarily.
We'll bring you the details of a Rhinelander swimming coach who has resigned from her position after her third year as head coach for the girls and boys team.
And we talk to a group of people who are walking from Portage County to Madison to help bring awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving after a motorcyclist was killed by a drunk driver in July.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
MADISON - Republican legislators are circulating a bill aimed at ending the federal requirement to use reformulated gas in six southeastern Wisconsin counties.
The legislation asks President Donald Trump's administration to grant a reprieve from use of the specially formulated gas that reduces ozone pollution. The requirement was implemented in 1995 in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties. Supporters say the gas is no longer needed because of advancements in emission control equipment.
RHINELANDER - An Oneida County detective believes that if a toddler hadn't been left in the care of his stepmother, 28-year-old Ellen Tran, he might still be alive.
Twenty-month-old Avery Edwards died in April of blunt force trauma at a Rhinelander home, and Tran is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death. She said the child slipped in the shower, but evidence pointed to an intentional act.
On Wednesday, Ellen Tran's husband, Trung, was also charged in the death of his son. Prosecutors say he knew leaving the toddler with his wife was dangerous, and he deserves some of the blame.
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