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Spina Bifida Wisconsin, Ltd (SBWIS) is a charitable organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. SBWIS operates independently from other national or state Spina Bifida organizations. SBWIS includes infants, children and adults with Spina Bifida, as well as parents, guardians, family, friends, healthcare providers, and other supporters. Since 1987, SBWIS has been dedicated to helping families emotionally, educationally, and financially.
We are 446 members strong!
Welcome 3 new members: Scott, Genevieve and Edye
5th Annual Big Cheese Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tourney on February 23, 2019 at Homestead High School in Mequon, WI! Consider cheering on Celi, our February Member of the Month, and a total of 24 Youth Teams competing across the Midwest for the Midwest Conference Championship Title!
Join SBWIS for an Indoor Adaptive Rock Climbing Adventure on March 16th in Brookfield! For ages 4 and older, any level of mobility and is FREE to SBWIS members. Click HERE to register!
Save The Date! Madison ABOVE & BEYOND Fun Run/Walk/Wheel event on April 27th! Click HERE for more information!
member of the month:
The February Member of The Month is Celi J. from Oconomowoc, WI. Celi is 16 years old, enjoys photography and bird watching, and is a sophomore at Oconomowoc High School. Celi writes, “This is my first year "officially playing" wheelchair basketball; I practiced with the Milwaukee Jr Bucks most of last year and followed them around to tournaments. I learned so much in one year, but there are still many things to learn. I have met so many wonderful people going to tournaments, and they give me a great example of how I can better myself on the court. Because of the generosity from SBWIS, I was able to attend my first basketball camp last year. Learning from so many amazing people, even some para-Olympians, was the highlight of my summer. I am hoping to be able to go back to Whitewater for camp and be around other people who are so much like me.” When asked what advice Celi would give to others with spina bifida, she wrote: “Don't let your spina bifida define you. You can do anything that anyone else can do, and even more!”
SBWIS WISHES TO Thank these donors:
Stackner Family Foundation for $5,000.00 for Camperships!
Everyone contributing to our 2018 Annual Appeal for Donations!
Ongoing donations from UnitedHealth Group, Aurora Health Care Caregivers,YourCause LLC Trustee for Thrivent Financial, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and JC Penny employees.
lives changed in 2019:
3 New members joined SBWIS
14 families through Family Fund Assistance
9 people through Adaptive Recreation Fund Assistance
3 person received Campership Funding
Lives changeD In 2018:
32 new members joined SBWIS, 32 people served through adaptive recreation funding for things like adaptive ski equipment, a bike, wheelchair basketball program and swim lessons.
39 families through family fund assistance for kitchen modifications, medical expenses, and travel related to child's care. 4 people through scholarships for higher education in memory of Mary Ann Potts.
6 people through Toddlers on the Move. 19 people through Campership funding to attend many different kinds of camps