Benefit walk drawsnearly 1,000 participants
Volume 5, Number11
Bus routechangeapproved by Village ontrial basis
The Kohler Village Board approved a re-quest by two senior residents to alter theSheboygan City Transit bus service routefrom Sheboygan Falls through Kohler on atrial basis beginning June 1, 2010 and end-ing October 9.The bus will travel the entire length of School St. through the West 4 area near Aspen Ct., then follow its usual route untilWillow Creek Dr., where the route deviatesslightly again bringing the bus past the con-dominiums on Woodlake Rd. before exitingonto Highland Dr. to return to Sheboygan.The change will provide easier access for many elderly residents and anyone wishingto use alternative transportation. A more di-rect route to Deer Trace Shopping Center isalso being considered for future study.What began as an idea to organize a littlewalk around the school with Kohler schoolclassmates of 5-yr-old Tara Uselding toshow support for her fight with cancer, grewinto a benefit walk around Kohler that drewnearly 1,000 participants to Roosevelt Park in on May 22, 2010. Though the final num- bers weren’t in as of this printing, the benefitis estimated to have raised approximately$21,500, according to organizer, KerriRoeder.A rainy Friday gave way to mild temper-atures and dry weather for the 1- and 3-milewalk, brat fry, bake sale, raffle, and silentauction. Roosevelt Park was awash with asea of yellow as participants in their “TeamTara” T-shirts awaited the kickoff announce-ment by Tara’s 8-yr old brother, Ty. Tarachose the T-shirt design from among contestentries submitted by Kohler school students.In April, the Uselding family was in themidst of preparing for a mid-May move toColorado where Scott, a major in the U.S.Air Force, had started a new job at LowryAir Force Base. Shawna took Tara to thedoctor for what she thought was minior di-gestive issues, but the couple were stunnedto learn that Tara had cancer. She was diag-nosed with a rare fast-growing and highlymalignant form of cancer called rhab-domyosarcoma. Scott flew back and joinedShawna at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukeewhere Tara was immediately put on a 5-dayround of chemotherapy to shrink tumors inher abdomen that were growing by the dayand too large to operate on.When Kohler resident Kerri Roeder heard the devastating news, she jumped intoaction organizing a team of volunteers thatcame to be known as “Team Tara.” Ken An-derson set up a website at TeamTara.netwhere online donations could be acceptedThe site also links to a CaringBridge pagewhere the family keeps everyone updated onTara’s progress.In four weeks time, the team of volun-teers organized an event that normally takesmonths of preparation. Businesses and manyVillage residents donated money, time anditems needed for the benefit walk. Mean-while, Tara had to endure numerous tests,IVs, tubes, a blood transfusion, discomfortfrom the growing tumors pressing againsther lungs, chemotherapy, and being told shewould lose her hair. But she could be seen atthe benefit in her hot pink hat happily weav-ing between adults to chase after her littlefriends, frowning only when she was inter-rupted to pose for yet another photograph.Tara, who is one of a set of triplets, hasmany months of chemotherapy, followed bysurgery and radiation ahead of her. Scott isable to commute between Colorado andWisconsin at two-week intervals, but Village
Tara Uselding (middle) and friendsElyse Reinbacher and Sam Cooper pose for a photo during thebenefit walk event held for her on May 22.
residents have stepped in to offer help andsupport so mom and dad can focus on help-ing Tara get well enough to make the moveto Colorado along with siblings Dru andDayne, 5, Cameron, 9, and Ty, 8.The team of organizers led by KerriRoeder include Maureen Brunner-Hun-sucker, Gena Gebler, Suzie Barrock, JaimieKurtz, Jerry Baird (and crew), Kayla Tru-man, Amy Zufelt, Ken Anderson, AlvidaGroom, Rich Uselding.
Businesses that donated to the Team Tara benefit include: Johnsonville, Sargento,Kangaroo, Reinhart Foods, Frito Lay, Pepsi,Superior Liquor, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly,Lake Street Café, Quit-Qui-Oc, Hoffman’s,Mount ‘n Screenery, Village of Kohler,Rachel Hass-Lewinski Yoga, Olive ‘n Ash,Sheboygan Chevrolet, Verlo Mattress Fac-tory Store, Bio Life, Kohler Water Spa,Movers & Shakers, With Child, Salon 511,EOS, Lynn’s Creekside, YMCA, Designer Photography by Bruce, Van Horn, Menzer Supply Co., Johnston’s Bakery, Evans,Sweet Potato’s, Curative Therapies, MoraineGardens, Bullard Dentistry, Funky Bean,Darling Therapies, Caffe Kita, Paradigm,Jessica’s School of Dance, Greenscape,Evans, Bread and Bean, Legend Larry’s,Olivu, Hobo’s Korner Kitchen, CreeksideBar and Grill, Chissy’s Pub, Flipside, New- port Shores, Harry’s Diner, Mucky Duck,Waldo Cafe and Pub, Papa John’s, TexasRoadhouse, Homefront, Riverview Inn, Ma- jerles Black River Grill, Beanies MexicanRestaurant.More photos of the event can be found atteamtara.net, Kohlervillager.com and alvida-groom.wordpress.com.
Message from the Useldings:
Words cannot express our gratitude toall of you who have sacrificed your per-sonal time and resources to put together this benefit for our daughter, Tara. It wasan incredible experience for us to see and feel the love and support of this community,and a true joy to watch Tara have such a great time!We would like to thank everyone who played a role in making this event such ahuge success, from our dear friends who planned and coordinated every last detail,the volunteers who worked tirelessly at thebenefit, the vendors who donated food, theindividuals and companies who donated wonderful items for the raffle and bakesale, and everybody who came to partici- pate and support us during this difficult time.We are also incredibly grateful to every-one who has reached out to us in so manydifferent ways. We have had meals deliv-ered to our home, our dog walked, errandsrun, the fire department cutting our grasswhen Scott is away, and great friends help-ing to take care of our other kids while wetend to Tara’s health. It is because of all of you that the weight on our shoulders islighter, and we are able to focus more of our attention to Tara and her brothers and sisters.From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all!The Uselding Family
New kidspool opensJune 16
Construction of the new Kohler kids poolis moving along as scheduled and Recre-ation Director, Susie Wandschneider said the pool will open June 16, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.following a ribbon cutting ceremony.The new pool, which will have a zerodepth entrance and water feature, will re- place the old pool, which was more than 60years old and had to be shut down last sum-mer because the pumps were not workingcorrectly and repairs were too expensive.The old pool also was not code compliant.Village Board members felt the kids poolis one of the important amenities that makesKohler a desirable community for attractingnew families to the Village.
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