Jack Palmen

Jack graduated from high school in June 2011.

In July 2008, our lives changed forever. My seemingly perfectly healthy 15-year-old son, Jack was flown by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He had a ruptured brain arteriovenous malformation and was rushed into surgery. The condition happens when arteries in the brain connect directly to nearby veins without having the normal vessels (capillaries) between them. I believe he would not be alive today if not for the doctors, surgeons and staff at Children’s Hospital.

The care Jack received was incredible, and the support and compassion shown to our family was off the charts. When Jack arrived at Children’s Hospital, he only had a 4 percent chance of survival. Being at Children’s Hospital helped him beat the odds. The medical team gave Jack a second chance at life. They surpassed all expectation and standards of care. Today Jack is a sophomore at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.

Participating in Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital has become a passion for our family. It is one of the only avenues we have to truly express our gratitude for the care and compassion we received. By signing up to run, it demonstrates the importance of giving back and becoming involved in the larger community that has benefited from Children’s Hospital’s exceptional medical staff and facility.

Fundraising for the Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk is one of the most important things we can do to insure the next child who needs a second chance at life can get it. We are so fortunate to have Children’s Hospital right here in our backyard. We want to make sure if and when the time comes, another family can receive the exceptional care that is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

You can use your shoes to put yourself in someone else’s. Join us at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, for Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee. Register now at alsrun.com.

~ Jane Palmen, guest blogger, mother of Jack

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