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GC firefighters amongst many who have plunged for a cause

By Kelsie Hoitomt

GLENWOOD CITY – Four men who are volunteers on the Glenwood City Fire Department offered to plunge in front of the camera in order to show their support for Danica Uetz, a young girl who is currently battling Leukemia.

Participating in taking the plunge into Glen Lake at the Glen Hills County Park were firefighters Brandon Olson, Troy Simmon, Jeff Kuehl and Bill Koosmann.

SEE THE VIDEO: Jumping for a Cause

Hundreds of videos and pictures have hit Facebook over the past two weeks with a great deal of people between the Glenwood City and Boyceville communities taking the “Cold Water Challenge”.

The challenge itself has been around for some time now, but this one to support “Team Danica” originated in Hudson by friends of Mark and Kari Uetz, Danica’s parents.

People have since taken the plunge into frigid waters not only across the state of Wisconsin but across the world going as far as Africa.

At the start of the new year at roughly 15 months old, Danica was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.). She was immediately put into treatment at Children’s Hospital in Minnesota where she underwent a spinal tap, bone marrow biopsy and her first shot of chemo.

“The entire process comes in phases. The first being the hardest and typically the shortest. The entire process will likely take about two and half years. Leukemia is not like other cancers with the stage 1, stage 4, etc. Leukemia is either there or it’s not. It is the most treatable form of cancer, especially in kids between ages 1 and 9 and when it’s caught early enough that the white blood cell count is not elevated, which Dani was not,” wrote Kari Uetz on CaringBridge.

Since January, Dani as the family calls her, has spent days in and out of the hospital, been placed on several medications and under gone more spinal taps, more blood fusions and more chemo treatments, to name a few things.

With a long road ahead and miles of medical bills piling up; family, friends and even strangers have come together to raise funds for Danica through online websites such as CaringBridge and Fundly.

Those who have completed the Cold Water Challenge are showing just one way to support “Team Danica” and for those who are too scared to take the plunge, they are challenged then to donate money to Danica’s cause.

Plunge pictures and videos can be shared on the Cold Water Challenge-Team Danica Uetz Facebook page and updates on her progress can be found on her
CaringBridge site.