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St. Albert Parish in Land O’ Lakes hosts annual Fish Fry Fundraiser on March 20

February 18, 2020

St. Albert Catholic Church, in Land O’ Lakes hosts an annual fish fry with proceeds given to a family in need. This year proceeds benefit the Phelps family of Jack and Makenzie Ryan.

St. Albert’s Fish Fry will be March 20, with meals served 5 to 7 p.m. This always popular fish fry includes broiled or deep-fried fish, baked beans, potato salad, rye bread and coleslaw. Desserts are homemade and donated by Northwoods residents. Carry-out service is available. Milk, water and coffee are included with dinner. Beer, wine and soda are available at additional cost. There are silent auctions, bucket raffles, and free will offerings are gratefully accepted.

Cost is $12 per person, 12 years old and over. Children ages 6-11 are $6 each, under 6 is free. There is an early ticket price of $10 per adult for tickets purchased before March 15. Early tickets are available at the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce Office and the Gateway Lodge, both at the corner of Highway 45 and County B. Tickets are available at the office of St Albert Church at 4355 County Road B.

The 2020 beneficiary is the family of Jack (12) and Makenzie (11) Ryan. The family moved to Eagle River in 2015 from the Racine area. The move helped the family share outdoor activities that they love. Jack and Makenzie have been great students in the Northland Pines School District and are now home schooled. Jack loves football, track, baseball and basketball. Makenzie is a budding gymnast and looks forward to competing when this malady is behind her. 

Jack first began showing signs something wasn’t right in January of 2019. After multiple hospital stays, many tests and a second opinion from Boston’s Children’s Hospital, the Ryan family was given a diagnosis in April 2019. The determination was, HLH (Hemophagocytic lymph histiocytosis). This is a very rare disease and their specific form of the disease has had less than 50 diagnosed cases in the last 10 years. The disease creates an overactive immune system that attacks a healthy body. In the process of finding Jack a bone marrow donor, his sister Makenzie was tested and found to also carry the disease. The children are being treated at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Jack’s problem compounded when, through the impact of treatments, he contracted Shiga Toxin E.Coli, HUS disease, a subdural venous thrombosis, and a host of other complications. After spending 89 days in the ICU and 129 days total in the hospital, he is in outpatient therapy and requires weekly visits to Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy.  He is working to heal from this setback and to gain strength to endure the required bone marrow transplant to ultimately cure the HLH. 

Makenzie was admitted to Children’s Hospital in September of 2019, where she too developed minor complications. However, the medical staff found a suitable bone marrow donor for Makenzie. She received her transplant in late January and remains hospitalized with a long road but a promising outlook for a full recovery.

For those who cannot attend the fish fry, St. Albert Church accepts tax deductible donations. Checks can be mailed to St. Albert Church, P.O. Box 237 Land O’ Lakes WI 54540. Mark your check memo line “Ryan Family Benefit.”  Donations of products or coupons for services are most welcome and useful in the bucket raffle and silent auctions. Prayers for the Ryan family are always appreciated.

Contact St. Albert’s Church with any questions or to volunteer to help with this event. The church phone number is 715-547-3558.

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