HOWARD, Wis. (WBAY) – Over the past 16 years, Bergstrom Automotive has raised $1.65 million to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation make wishes come true for sick kids.
The company celebrated its fundraising achievement with the help of a teen from Howard, whose wish it helped make a reality.
Two years ago, now 14-year-old Tristan Geisler started getting seizures, sometimes as many as 50 a day.
“A lot of seizures, and I didn’t really have any… Didn’t know what to do,” said Tristan.
Doctors diagnosed Tristan with Meningoencephalitis. His brain was inflamed and infected, eventually leaving him in a medically induced coma.
“Not knowing what’s going to happen, not knowing if he’s going to survive,” said Tristan’s mom, Jennifer.
Six weeks later Tristan woke up infection-free but missing a lot of his memories.
That includes a treasured family trip out west.
“We went to go see the Grand Canyon and to see Mesa Verde, but I forgot all of it,” said Tristan.
That’s why Tristan’s wish was to get a camper so the family could travel again.
“Make new memories with the Camper,” said Tristan. “Like go to Yellowstone National Park. I thought that would be great to do.”
Today Tristian has refractory epilepsy. He gets about one seizure per month. That means when his family received a new camper in October, they were able to hit the road, already taking three trips across Wisconsin.
“Fun just to spend time in it, and when you add friends, family, and going places, it’s wonderful,” said Tristan.
The camper is in storage for the winter, but the family looks forward to hopefully making the trip to Yellowstone next year.