A Mother and Son's Journey

$50,145 of $60k goal

Raised by 327 people in 39 months
Alison Ziebell, an energetic photographer, former college athlete and mother of two young boys needs your help. In the early morning of December 15th, 2013, Alison unexpectantly collapsed in her bathroom suffering a grand mal seizure. She was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a large 2x3x7 cm tumor on the right side of her brain. She underwent a brain biopsy on December 16th and has since been sent home to recover on anti-seizure medications and wait for results. Though her neurosurgeon has ordered her to enjoy Christmas with her family, we know that her and her husband are overwhelmed with what may lay ahead. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Alison and her husband Jamie are dealing with a traumatic brain injury.

Owen, Alison and Jamie's 5 year old son has been in and out of the hospital since birth due to a grade IV brain bleed he suffered while just a week old. Owen then suffered a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of two, and has since been on daily anti-seizure medications. Due to the physical and communicable delays from the brain bleed and seizures Owen undergoes weekly physical and speech therapy. Though he is on medications, Owen still experiences seizures every few months. His neurosurgeon is confident that he is a good candidate for brain surgery. Owen is currently scheduled at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin mid-January for an extensive inpatient week long work up for the surgery.

These two tragic situations have left Alison's family and friends heartbroken and dumbfounded that so much can happen to one family. We ask that you open your hearts and wallets to help decrease their financial strains so they can focus on quick and healthy recoveries for both Alison and Owen.

Your donations will go towards Alison and Jamie's high insurance deductible that will be reached twice within two months, home health care needs and therapy. Thank you for taking the time to read their story and hopefully helping their cause, your donations will go a long way.



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Posted by Abi Lopez
39 months ago
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To follow Alison on her journey and receive regular updates on her health and Owen's please visit her blog at http://alisonziebell.blogspot.com/

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Lisa Goron Zelazoski
38 months ago

Hi Alison, I'm Lisa and your story has deeply touched me. Your beautiful smile, positive attitude and willingness to remind us to love one another and be strong inspires all of us to be better people. I am also a mommy to 3 of the most beautiful girls anyone could ask for. I am also a breast cancer survior. I finished treatment in May of last year and now I am at a place in my life where I help people cope with this journey in life. Your strength makes the rest of us want to be better people. i will pray for you daily! Hugs from Fond du Lac :) lisa

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Joelle Drew
38 months ago

Hi, I am a brain cancer survivor of 15 years! I had my surgery at Froedert, sux weeks of radiation and 10 months of chemo. My daughter was two when I was diagnosed. I also visited a holistic doctor who put me on a vitamin regime that I believe was also an important part to me beating this cancer. I still have MRIs every 4 months, my choice, and am part of a research study. Stay strong, stay faithful, and believe! I also had a similar experience when looking for wigs so I just decided to wear hats. I only lost the hair where I had radiation. If you need to talk, feel free to contact me. Good luck....prayers sent!

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Linda Lowden
38 months ago

I wish I had extra $$$ to donate ! Just know that you & your family will be in my prayers every night & I will even pray for that business owner that she comes to her senses & asks for forgiveness. I am sickened by this story. I wish you all the luck in the world. You are loved by so many....even new friends in Alabama. Linda

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Julie Denzer
38 months ago

I have had surgery 7 times for cancer. Three of them were positive, and 4 negative. My prayers go out to you and your family. Every person diagnosed is considered a survivor from day one, so you are a SURVIVOR! Life can be so unfair. You are in for the ride of your life. Please pull in all your favors from friends, relatives and church. Now you NEED them. And on your end LET THEM! Your team will feed you, clean your house and clothes and pamper you, and you'll need it. I love you and will keep touch with your process and progress.

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$50,145 of $60k goal

Raised by 327 people in 39 months
Created December 21, 2013
$100
Anonymous
27 months ago
BK
$10
Brenda Kahn
28 months ago
$200
Anonymous
29 months ago
KE
$20
Kathy & Harry Ehr
35 months ago
EW
$200
Emily Watry
36 months ago

Praying for your family Alison! Our kids decided to do a donation jar instead of birthday gifts at their party this year, so this is from all our friends and family! We are all pulling for you!!

RL
$25
Renee Larsen
36 months ago
$25
Anonymous
37 months ago
LJ
$500
Lura Jennings
37 months ago
AC
$50
anne cornelie
37 months ago
$25
Anonymous
37 months ago
Lisa Goron Zelazoski
38 months ago

Hi Alison, I'm Lisa and your story has deeply touched me. Your beautiful smile, positive attitude and willingness to remind us to love one another and be strong inspires all of us to be better people. I am also a mommy to 3 of the most beautiful girls anyone could ask for. I am also a breast cancer survior. I finished treatment in May of last year and now I am at a place in my life where I help people cope with this journey in life. Your strength makes the rest of us want to be better people. i will pray for you daily! Hugs from Fond du Lac :) lisa

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Joelle Drew
38 months ago

Hi, I am a brain cancer survivor of 15 years! I had my surgery at Froedert, sux weeks of radiation and 10 months of chemo. My daughter was two when I was diagnosed. I also visited a holistic doctor who put me on a vitamin regime that I believe was also an important part to me beating this cancer. I still have MRIs every 4 months, my choice, and am part of a research study. Stay strong, stay faithful, and believe! I also had a similar experience when looking for wigs so I just decided to wear hats. I only lost the hair where I had radiation. If you need to talk, feel free to contact me. Good luck....prayers sent!

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Linda Lowden
38 months ago

I wish I had extra $$$ to donate ! Just know that you & your family will be in my prayers every night & I will even pray for that business owner that she comes to her senses & asks for forgiveness. I am sickened by this story. I wish you all the luck in the world. You are loved by so many....even new friends in Alabama. Linda

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Julie Denzer
38 months ago

I have had surgery 7 times for cancer. Three of them were positive, and 4 negative. My prayers go out to you and your family. Every person diagnosed is considered a survivor from day one, so you are a SURVIVOR! Life can be so unfair. You are in for the ride of your life. Please pull in all your favors from friends, relatives and church. Now you NEED them. And on your end LET THEM! Your team will feed you, clean your house and clothes and pamper you, and you'll need it. I love you and will keep touch with your process and progress.

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