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2020 Health Care Award: Betsy Rachubinski

This award recognizes an individual or a group for improving the health and well-being of others through volunteerism. An award of $5,000 will be presented to the recipient’s Fox Valley charity.

Betsy founded Peaceful Purpose, Inc. in 2018 after working in medical field for some of the cancer centers as she saw firsthand how patients were struggling with hair loss. She now owns a salon, NAVA, and continues to fuel her passion to help people who are struggling with medical hair loss in our community.

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Who Qualifies?

Individual or group who meets the above criteria and who volunteers to improve the health and well-being of others through direct care or the creation of programs.  Candidates must reside or do the majority of their volunteer work in Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca or northern Winnebago counties.

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  • A volunteer or volunteer group who demonstrates continued leadership and commitment to improving the health and well-being of others.
  • A volunteer or volunteer group with a distinctive passion for health and the well-being of others in a health care setting can be documented in a measurable way.
  • A volunteer or volunteer group who helps individuals or groups of individuals or creates programs to benefit the health and well-being of others.

Our 2019 winner is Kayla Schuh!

Watch Kayla’s Award Video, filmed and produced by video production students at University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley and Instructor Tom Frantz:

Celebrating Volunteers: Kayla Schuh finds drive to help others in her community

Kayla Schuh, 26, of New London, is the director of New London Emergency Medical Responders, a volunteer organization that serves residents in the New London area. Schuh works at ThedaCare Medical Center-New London and also volunteers as a tee-ball coach.

Karen Yde, a friend and coworker, nominated Schuh for the award, describing her as an “extraordinary young woman” who helped when New London Emergency Medical Responders was faltering as an organization.

“Kayla worked hard on organizing the group’s business plans, filing required state paperwork, arranging continuing education for the members of the group, and recruiting new members,” Yde said.

The work can be thankless, Yde said, but Schuh handles everything with professionalism, even in difficult situations.

“We often see people on the worst day of their life,” she said. “For Kayla, her ‘thanks’ comes in knowing she did everything she could to help a stranger in need.”

Read more about Kayla via The Post-Crescent here.

Past recipients

2019: Kayla Schuh.
2018: Jim and Sue Spierings
2017: Lee Hillstrom
2016: John and Susan McFadden
2015: David Bond
2014: Dr. John & Sally Mielke
2013: Christine Cornell
2012: C. Raymond Durkee
2011: Dr. Francis Van Lieshout
2010: Richard Bauer
2009: Rick Hilsabeck
2008: Nadia Avellan
2007: Ruebin Olson & Richard Metzig
2006: Ken Grode
2005: Dr. Blaine Claypool
2004: Dr. William Sickels
2003: Lester Laedtke
2002: Dr. Montgomery Elmer
2001: Rita Ristau
2000: Mr. & Mrs. Don Brouillard