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Watch Spotlight on Life tonight starting at 7:30pm CST. Visit http://www.spotlightonlife.org. Support the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin by voting for your favorite dancer or bidding on a silent auction item at http://bidpal.net/spotlight18
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Meet Jamie, our final dancer representing +BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Donor Network.

Jamie Kothapalli, RN, BSN is the OPO Manager for the Wisconsin Donor Network. She is responsible for day to day operations and has a heavy focus on continuous improvement and staff development. Jamie has been in health care for over 13 years, starting her career as a pediatric ICU Nurse. In 2007, she began her career at the Wisconsin Donor Network as an Organ Procurement Coordinator. She shares, “I truly feel it is a privilege to work in the field of donation and to be a small part of the miracle of the gift of life.”

Jamie has 2 kids, an incredibly energetic 3 ½ year old son named Wyatt and a super sweet, always happy 1 year old daughter named Tess. They keep her very busy. She grew up in Menomonee Falls.

Jamie follows this mantra in her life – ‘”Make Yourself Proud – You Only Fail When You Stop Trying.” Her dad died when she was 24 and one of the last things he told her was how proud he was of her and how he knew she was going to make an impact on this world. “At the end of the day I ask myself, what did I do to make him proud today, if I can’t think of anything I try harder the next day, no one is perfect.”

Jamie has never danced before and she shares, “Dancing is very much out of my comfort zone but I think of the strength and courage organ and tissue donor families have at the time of their loss to even consider donation. It drives me to do whatever I can to bring awareness to such an important cause.”

Jamie has often been described as small but mighty, so watch out fellow dancers.

She will be dancing to Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.

Vote for Jamie to win the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award! http://bidpal.net/spotlight18
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Alyse is our next dancer, representing +Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Campus.

Alyse Bartczak, BSN-RN, CPN, PSO, CPPS is a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and a living kidney donor. Alyse altruistically donated her kidney to 6 year old Elizabeth (pictured with Alyse) on June 19th, 2017.

“Working as a pediatric nurse, I witnessed the agony and desperation that families go through while waiting for an organ for their child. This was my motivation to get evaluated as a living kidney donor.”

Alyse is also a pre-school ballet teacher, is learning to play the ukulele, is taking her first mission trip to Argentina in March, recently backpacked the Grand Canyon, and loves reading and snuggling with her Great Dane, Altidore.

“I would not have been able to take this amazing journey without the incredible support of my boyfriend Ryan, my family, friends, co-workers, and the incredible staff at Froedtert Hospital. Life is such a gift. To help give that gift to Elizabeth has been, and always will be, my life’s greatest achievement.”

Vote for Alyse to win the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award!
http://bidpal.net/spotlight18
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Meet Katrina - representing +UW Health and UW Organ & Tissue Donation.

Katrina Schuh, RN, BSN, CCTC is a registered nurse transplant coordinator with the UW Health abdominal transplant team, where she works closely with the liver transplant team and cares for patients following transplantation. Katrina spent several years as a traveling nurse, exploring and learning from people across the U.S., but found her favorite spot and put down roots in Madison. She assists in managing and coordinating patient care, and works to ensure each patient has a successful long-term outcome.

Katrina enjoys the strong connection that develops with transplant patients. “It is wonderful and very rewarding to see their lives improve after transplantation,” says Katrina. Busily preparing for her wedding in July, Katrina spends any remaining free time enjoying new adventures (like learning to dance!), and exploring new locations via a good power hike. “I think Spotlight on Life is a great way to support the NKFW while shining the light on the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation,” says Katrina. “And, I hope to inspire more people to try ballroom dancing!”

Vote for Katrina to win the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award at http://bidpal.net/spotlight18
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Meet Alice - representing +Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Alice Ching, MD is a Nephrologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She spends most of her clinical time at the VA hospital in Milwaukee (the Zablocki VA).

She is dancing to “Carmen” – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass – it hit the charts in early 1968! She and her husband have a dog, and enjoy spending time together. She grew up in Libertyville, IL, so has always been a Midwest girl.

Alice says, “I’m dancing to help raise money for the NKFW and to bring more awareness to being an organ donor – I’m proud to support the mission of the NKFW as there are so many people with and affected by chronic kidney disease. I was lucky enough to attend the gala two years ago and it was a lot of fun!”

Dancing is in her blood! In her childhood she was very comfortable in her ballet tutu and she and her husband enjoy dancing together. Before they married, they took ballroom dancing lessons and continued taking lessons since then. It’s the first hobby that they shared as a married couple.

Vote for Alice to win the PEOPLE’S CHOICE Award at http://bidpal.net/spotlight18
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Introducing one of the Spotlight dancers - Josh Cope, representing +Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin LEBW.

Josh Cope is a Quality Services Specialist at Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. He organizes and reviews donor records to evaluate them for eligibility.

When he’s not dancing, Josh is probably working, at the gym, or doing something outdoors. Camping, hiking, rock climbing, pick-up sports, heck, even a bar with a patio is enough to keep him happy. Traveling is his escape and he’s crossing his fingers that he’ll be able to make it to Europe this Fall for the real Oktoberfest. He also loves to read and find new music so if anyone has any good suggestions, he’s all ears.

Here is why Josh is dancing this year – “I work with several strong-willed women at LEBW, who all wanted me to dance…so I’m dancing! But seriously, I attended the Gala last year and thought it was an amazing experience. Hearing the first-hand stories of people touched by organ transplants was uplifting, and left me with renewed vigor for the work we do. Part of my role with LEBW is to listen to interviews with donor families, soon after their loved one passes, to learn more about the donor’s medical and social history. These are emotional family members still struggling with the reality that their loved one is gone. And somehow, they find strength to talk with us, finding solace in knowing their loved one’s gift can help another person. Weeks or months later, we often receive letters from those same family members, no longer sad or sorrowful, but grateful, even joyous knowing the gift of their loved one has so profoundly helped another person. Dancing in this competition gives me the chance to help raise money for an amazing organization that supports and celebrates those donors, and their brave families. It’s an honor to do anything I can to help.”

Josh will be performing the Cha-Cha to Steppenwolf’s Magic Carpet Ride.

You can vote for Josh to win the coveted PEOPLE'S CHOICE award at http://bidpal.net/spotlight18
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Our final competitive dancer is Kathleen Sprenger from +Aurora Health Care In addition to competing for first place, each dancer is also competing for the People's Choice award. The most money raised = the People's Choice Winner.

Vote (donate) to make Kathleen/Aurora the People's Choice winner on Saturday, January 21st! Each $5 donated equals 1 vote.

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Meet Kimberly, representing +Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Main Campus 

Kimberly Gunn is Credentialing Associate at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She ensures that the providers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are in compliance with relevant regulations and quality assurance. Kimberly has seen firsthand with her own family how important it is to have a local hospital staffed with talented providers that supports children and their families though some of the most challenging medical conditions.

She enjoys many activities but spending time with her 12 year old twin daughters is at the top of her list!

Vote (donate) to make Kimberly/Children's Hospital the People's Choice winner on Saturday, January 21st! Each $5 donated equals 1 vote.

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Meet Fanny representing +UW Health

"Fanny Delebecque is from Lyon, France and has been part of the UW Transplant Clinical Research team as a study coordinator for 2 years. Her dedication and expertise has contributed greatly to the success of the UW clinical research program. As a study coordinator, Fanny collaborates with the transplant surgeons to identify transplant recipients, prior to transplantation, that may qualify to be part of one of our transplant studies. She works closely with the patients starting with the informed consent process and sees them all the way through their participation in a study, which in some cases is several years! Fanny brings with her a positive and friendly attitude (and a sweet accent!) and our study participants love her! We are very lucky to have Fanny as part of our team and so proud that she is representing us in the Spotlight on Life!"

Vote (donate) to make Fanny/UW Health the People's Choice winner on Saturday, January 21st! Each $5 donated equals 1 vote.

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Introducing Bailey, representing +BloodCenter of Wisconsin

"I started at the BloodCenter as an Organ Procurement Coordinator, 3 years ago, and am now in my current role as the OPO Clinical Supervisor. I feel privileged every day to work in a field that allows me to serve donors and their families, by helping them give the ultimate gift. I am a recent newlywed, who loves to travel, and a dog mom to a Newfoundland Mix, named Sebastian."

Vote (donate) to make Bailey/BloodCenter of Wisconsin the People's Choice winner on Saturday, January 21st! Each $5 donated equals 1 vote.

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