Donor Stories

Donor Stories

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Louisa Enz is a successful realtor for Stark Company Realtors, based in Madison, and has been a member of the UW Orthopedic Development Board since 2017.

Louisa has strong ties to the University of Wisconsin as she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in rehabilitation psychology from UW-Madison. She also swam competitively for UW while earning her undergraduate degree, and followed that by spending four years as a UW varsity swimming coach.

As a former competitive college athlete with a love for swimming and sports performance, Louisa is passionate about supporting research in orthopedics and sports medicine at UW. She has seen firsthand the impact an orthopedic injury can have on a person’s quality of life. Louisa is confident that the research being conducted by the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation now will create the future of care for not only athletes, but also for physically active individuals of all ages.

Louisa’s husband, Dan, is a manager of the sports rehabilitation program at UW Health, and together with their three kids, they are committed to an active lifestyle.

Louisa believes that advancing the future of orthopedic research is critical to helping people move freely throughout their lives.

“It’s unfortunate that so many people are effected by musculoskeletal injury or disease and yet research in this area has historically been underfunded, partially due to the thought that treating these conditions is important, but not crucial.”

“When I was asked to be on the Orthopedic Development Board, I thought it would be
a great way for me to support the advancement of important research and clinical care,” said Louisa. “My personal and professional background lend themselves well to supporting the goals of The Freedom of Movement Fund. We are fortunate to have this significant and potentially life-changing research happening at UW and I’m proud to do my part in helping to move it forward.”

To learn more about The Freedom of Movement Fund or to contribute online, please visit ortho.wisc.edu/giving or contact Joe Greene, Program Manager, Outreach and Development at jgreene@uwhealth.org or (608) 220-6196.

Jon Goldstein is the chief executive officer of Goldstein & Associates, a private wealth advisory firm in Madison, and is a member of the UW Orthopedic Development Board.

Because of his belief in the promising future of how orthopedic injuries and musculoskeletal diseases will be treated, he is committed to helping advance the research conducted at the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Part of Jon’s motivation for being on the board is because he has experienced orthopedic injuries firsthand. In the early 1990s, Jon had plans to play football for Barry Alvarez and the Wisconsin Badgers. Unfortunately, he fractured vertebrae in his neck prior to playing with the Badgers, so his football career never came to fruition. Although he did not need surgery at that time, the progressive nature of the injury eventually required surgery by UW Health orthopedic spine surgeon Thomas Zdeblick. Since then, he has also had surgery on his shoulder and ruptured Achilles tendon.

While Jon and his wife, Sara, support multiple charities, including their own Madison4Kids Foundation, he chose to join the UW Orthopedic Development Board and support The Freedom of Movement Fund after having a personal epiphany related to his orthopedic injuries.

“Think of how many things are impacted when you don’t have freedomof movement and the ability to simply move,” he said. “If you hurt your hip and you can’t walk, a cascade of other potential medical, metabolic and structural issues begins to happen because of that one thing. And, if there is something that can be done to help the healing process and keep a person actively moving, how many other things would improve or be prevented throughout a person’s lifetime?”

When asked why he chose UWHealth for his care, Jon explained, “I came to UW Health because the physicians are among the best in the country. They specialize in a specific areaof orthopedics. Whether it’s sports medicine, joint replacement, spine surgery or any other area of orthopedics, each surgeon has dedicated his/her career to that discipline. The orthopedic team works together to make sure you have the highest quality care with the most favorable outcome.”

To learn more about The Freedom of Movement Fund or to contribute online, please visit ortho.wisc.edu/giving or contact Joe Greene, Program Manager, Outreach and Development at jgreene@uwhealth.org or (608) 220-6196.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. George H. Vogt spent his entire professional career in Madison, retiring in December 1990. After retirement, he continued to follow advancements in orthopedic and stem cell research, and how this research impacts patient care. He was especially interested in how regenerative medicine could one day help the body self-heal, potentially helping thousands of people avoid painful musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis.

Knowing her husband’s passion, Nancy Vogt decided to give a legacy gift to fund two professorships—Dr. George and Nancy Vogt Professorship in Orthopedics and Dr. George and Nancy Vogt Professorship in Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine.

“We always wanted to give a legacy gift to the Department of Orthopedics to support the most promising areas of orthopedic research,” Nancy says. “I’m fulfilling our wishes in addition to honoring my husband with this gift.”

Just as Nancy and her late husband, Dr. George Vogt, chose to give an estate plan gift, you too can support the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Cash gifts and shares of stock are some ways to give and provide immediate impact on research, education and patient care. However, if you are considering making a long-term charitable gift, inclusion of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in your will or estate plan can help ensure that future generations will continue to benefit.

For information on the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Freedom of Movement Fund, or to make a contribution online, please visit ortho.wisc.edu/giving or contact: Joe Greene, Program Manager, Outreach and Development Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (608) 220-6196 or jgreene@uwhealth.org.

Bob Landsee is an executive partner with Avid Risk Solutions and a member of the UW Orthopedic Development Board. As a result of his own patient experience and his belief in the promising future of orthopedic treatment, he is committed to advancing the research conducted at the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Bob is an alum of UW-Madison where he played football for the Badgers, and where he met his wife, Sharon, a UW track standout and also an alum. As an offensive lineman at Wisconsin from 1982–85, he was named an All-American and All-Big Ten guard.

In 1986, Bob was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but during his fourth year, he was faced with a knee injury that ended his professional football career. Following that, Bob returned to the game as a coach for UW-Oshkosh and then for the Arena Football League.

Over the years, the impact of playing football left its mark on Bob. He estimates he has had 20 surgeries—most at UW Health— to correct, replace or realign one thing or another.

“Sharon and I have received nothing but great care and great results at UW Health,” he says. “I have received care at other places, but UW provides wonderful service and true caring.”

Because of the care he and Sharon received, they have chosen to support Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation research that uses stem cells to grow bone and cartilage.

“Both Sharon and I have had surgery here and we want to give back as thanks for the care we received as athletes. We are interested in supporting new research that will have amazing potential for people throughout their lives.

“These studies are remarkable. We’re very fortunate to have this type of research at UW— to be able to grow replacement cartilage from a patient’s own cells is incredible.

“We want a hand in helping. We want everyone to know that without support for these researchers, this project will not move forward. We all have to start giving back for future generations, and there’s no time like the present to do so.”

For more information, please visit ortho.wisc.edu/giving.

Witt is a member of the UW Orthopedic Development Board. As a result of his own patient experience and subsequent understanding of the promising future of orthopedic treatment, he is working to advance the research and academic mission of the Department through philanthropy and community outreach.

If you spend five minutes in Mike’s office, you know he’s an avid Badger fan. If you spend a little more time with Mike, you learn that he is committed to his family, his profession, staying active and, recently, advancing the research efforts of the UW Health orthopedic physicians and UW researchers who changed his life.

Mike, a senior vice president at the Wells Fargo office in Madison, is a 1990 graduate of UW-Madison. While at UW, he earned a degree in psychology and was a linebacker on the 1986–1988 Badgers football teams. After football, Mike remained active well into his 40s, competing in triathlons and marathons, playing tennis, and swimming, until increasing hip pain put a stop to all exercising. He recalls with a wince, “The pain was terrible. It affected my ability to walk, my entire lifestyle.”

With a diagnosis of arthritis with bone spurs, Mike sought out Richard Illgen, MD, UW Health orthopedic surgeon who pioneered robotic-assisted hip replacements.

Mike’s hip surgery was early on a Monday morning. By the afternoon, he “felt great” and was ready to go home, but Dr. Illgen sent him to the UW Carbone Cancer Center where his hip was irradiated to destroy any residual stem cells that could potentially develop into more bone spurs.

“The whole experience intrigued me; it sparked my curiosity and made me realize what a wonderful medical facility we have here. And, what a talented orthopedic surgeon Dr. Illgen is. He made it possible for me to walk again. Before the surgery, I couldn’t play tennis with my son. Now I play three to four times a week. I couldn’t walk 18 holes on the golf course because of the pain. Now I have no pain at all.”

“I’ve told this story to hundreds of people since then because it was such an amazing experience. And the more I told the story, the more intrigued I became by the role of stem cells in orthopedic medicine.”

Mike later attended a stem cell and regenerative medicine presentation by William Murphy, MS, PhD, UW Health orthopedic researcher, and Thomas Zdeblick, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.

What happened that night was what Mike calls an “aha moment”—one that led to further conversations with Murphy and his colleague, Wan-Ju Li, PhD, who studies the use of pluripotent stem cells to produce a patient’s own replacement tendons and ligaments. “The more I learned, the more I began to realize how much is happening in arthritis and reparative medicine at UW,” says Mike.

“If we want to move forward, to perfect these treatments, we need people to support this amazing research. Whether we give of our time, our money, by involving others or by considering The Freedom of Movement Fund in our estate planning, we can change the lives of so many people and their families.”