Tom Nelson, Morris Corlett with Olga Corlett

Natalie Stram

Joan Paulson

Wishing well

The 2019 Eagles Heart & Cancer Telethon is January 26, 2019, starting at 5 p.m. at Bluff View Intermediate School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
The theme of the forty-fourth Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is "Family". Whenever family gathers, well wishes, family photos, and stories are exchanged. Sometimes, those stories include relatives, friends and others who have been affected by either a heart condition or cancer.
This year, the Eagle’s Telethon will have a wishing well. Our hope is that the children will be a part of our “Family” this year by coming to the telethon and tossing a wish into the wishing well along with a few coins to help this important cause. Then stay and watch the telethon while is being televised live on Mediacom channel 6. Your wish may be read or posted on the telethon.
If you cannot attend the telethon, please watch us live on YouTube or Mediacom channel 6.
 All proceeds go directly to heart disease and cancer research.



The Eagles Heart & Cancer Telethon Committee
Member: Gail Zirngibl
Phone: 715-965-9839


12th Street Telethon & Eagles Club #1502 Present Telethon Party

The 12th Street Gang is bringing the PARTY to The Eagle's Club!

We, along with Eagles Club members, Max and Ashley Erickson, Nate and Holly Gilberts, Nick and Andrea Gilberts, Tara Henry, Nate Bremmer, and Liz LaHaie are prepared to make this EVENT one of the biggest the club holds annually. We invite you all to join us on Saturday, January 26th starting at 3PM for a day and evening of fun and raising money for our very own Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon.

We are asking, as usual, for you to bring a basket for the silent auction and to join us on this new adventure. Below are the events we have planned at this time:

  • 3PM - Bar Bingo
  • 5PM - $5 Meal of pulled pork, potatoes, buns, generously donated by Bill and Brenda Hodges and Coleslaw donated by Sue Rider
  • 6PM - Meat Raffle with Quality Meats from Mississippi Meats
  • 7PM - Live Auction of a few items and Raffle of Pull-Tab Trees
  • 8PM-9PM - Card Raffles will be drawn for Remington 870 Shotgun, 22/410 Over/Under Rifle AND a 46-50" TV(whichever is purchases:)
  • 9PM - Silent Auction Basket winners announced. You must be present to win and pay for your items at that time, as all money will be taken to the Telethon that night and donated on our behalf> Please bring your checkbook or cash as there is no ATM on site
  • 10PM to the Wee hours of the morning- DJ Music by Twisted Vision Nate and Nick Gilberts

Drink specials of $1.25 Tap Beers, $2 Cans or Bottles of Beer and $3 for mixed drinks. You can't beat those prices, so come on in! The club is open to the PUBLIC this day and encourages you to come to see what the Eagle's Club does for our community. They are always looking for new members. Tell your friends and pass the word and we will see you there

Please come join us for this fun-filled day and help us raise money for this great cause. We are all affected by one of these diseases in our lives, so please support those that are fighting the fight!


Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon 2019

Telethon planning is underway. With the theme of "Family", The 2019 Telethon will be January 26.

 Every year, the objective of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is to raise just $1 toward cardiology and cancer research. Though, truly, by the end of the eight-hour, local broadcast tradition, a figure much larger than that is reflected on the fundraising board.

“We are very proud of that number. People always want to know that total. That’s their connection to what their $10, in memory of grandma, went toward,” professed Tom Nelson, telethon co-host and esteemed Prairie du Chien personality. “The part of this that makes the entire telethon so special—from the viewer to the contributor to the participant—is that every little bit makes a difference from our little corner of the world.”

The annual event is always anticipated because of its time-honored, small-town talent, yet it has kept up with the times of technology and each generation’s natural aptitude, Nelson pointed out.

“We have polished the format over the years, but the fact that it’s not a perfected, live show is what draws people in,” he said. “I like to think we’ve been able to keep current with the world around us, but it’s the same style of show that started over 40 years ago.”

Nelson shared his enthusiasm about the new foundation of volunteers joining the efforts to plan and organize the telethon each year and participate by performing on air. He believes new blood is what’s going to help carry the event to raising $1 million and more for cardiology and cancer research. He recognized people such as Bob and Sharon Linzenmeyer, Melody Igou, Mike Stram, Dillon Petrowitz, Natalie Stram and Dan Moris for stepping up to help.

In addition to these newer volunteers, he listed notables the telethon wouldn’t be the same without, including Richard Hagensick and Mark Oehler of Mediacom; Tom Licht of CenturyLink; Talent coordinators Ruth Taylor, Kathy Atkins and Cathie Nelson; auction and phone organizers Joan Paulson, Ev Dow and Brenda Mimms; caricaturist John Mundt; the local Boy Scouts who sell concessions on site; performers such as Gretchen Faulkner, the Ding-A-Lings and Autumn Kivi; and website coordinator Randy Paske.

Nelson is also proud of the recurrent staples that have added pizzazz to the telethon, such as “Danny’s Moment,” during which the late Danny Ruehlow is remembered; “Looking Up Your Back Door,” a technology moment; the Tom & Tom Show; the Tree of Hope, through which those currently battling cancer are acknowledged; and the symbolic Memory Wall coordinated by the Prairie du Chien High School Student Council.

“Everybody’s got a jar of pennies or coins they can bring down to the telethon,” Nelson stated. “That gives people a way to get involved in this small community cause. Once the money leaves our hands, it’s directly deposited into the hands of organizations that can start planning research. It’s really touching to know the difference we can make.”

Videos from UW Cardiovascular Center and Carbone Cancer Center

Maureen Dembski, Director of Development at UW Cardiovascular Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin, sent these terrific YouTube videos about their programs. Take a look.

UW Cardiovascular Research Center
Healthy Stories: Joe Gets Healthier After a Heart Attack
Hector Valdivia discussing his research
Tim Kamp discussing regenerative heart research

UW Carbone Cancer Center
UW Band serenades UWCCC patient on her last chemo treatment
Dr. Dusty Deming, UWCCC oncologist cancer story 

Dr. Howard Bailey Director UW Carbone Cancer Center 
Dr. Sam Lubner hip-hopping for colon screening with Dr. Dan Mulkerin
Drs. Lubner, Bailey, Cleary and McNeal singing On Wisconsin

It’s the People

The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon will celebrate its 44th year in 2019. That’s right – FORTY-FOUR years!
The success of the telethon has always been the people, all with extraordinary abilities. The ability to plan, to work together, to make us laugh or cry, sing, dance, or play an instrument. The people, who, year after year, have made donations of time, donations from pennies to thousands of dollars. The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon has always been about the outstanding teams of researchers and doctors who fight for a cure each and every day.
Jim Lovel, Jr. a former NASA astronaut, the commander of Apollo 13 mission has said,”There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, we have to be people who make things happen.” The people of the telethon make things happen; managing the phones, setting the stage, getting talent, preparing snacks, writing scripts, providing video and audio, and a myriad of other tasks. These doers see problems as challenges they can overcome.
The goal of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is to raise money for research that may lead to a cure. The people of the Eagles Telethon share their talents so that the people watching donate to the cause. Sharing involves a reciprocal giving. Research is full of benefits of giving. In his book Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Stephen Post, a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University, writes that giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including HIV and multiple sclerosis. And Sonja Lyubomirsky, a happiness researcher at the University of California, Riverside, argues that giving can become contagious, moving from the personal to one’s community. “Being kind and generous leads you to perceive others more positively and more charitably,” she writes in The How of Happiness, and this “fosters a heightened sense of interdependence and cooperation in your social community.”
Join in the fun and excitement of the 44th Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon on January 26, 2019, starting at 5 p.m. at Bluff View School. Watch your friends, neighbors, and people of the community sharing their unique abilities, Help to make this the best telethon, so far.