Sauk Prairie and Baraboo communities come together to support a woman fighting an undiagnosed illness

A member of the U.S. Army has been in and out of the hospital since Halloween

The Sauk Prairie community is coming together to support a member of the United States Army fighting an undiagnosed illness.

Alyssa Gruender, a member of the ROTC, has been in and out of the hospital since Halloween, after she began slurring words and a had hard time putting sentences together. More than two months later, doctors still haven’t been able to diagnose her.

“It means a lot to me and my family, and we’ve been through a tough three months,” Gruender said.


Her fiance, Sean McGann, is the head coach of the Sauk Prairie basketball team and a graduate of Baraboo High School. A benefit is raising money to help the Gruender family pay for medical bills at a match between the two schools on Thursday.

“We put this together in nine days,” Sarah Puttkamer said. “That just goes to show how amazing the two communities are.”

Tonight’s benefit included more than 70 donated items, ranging from just a few dollars to a few thousand dollars.

“It shows everyone how amazing and how close knit we are as a community,” Kourtnee Carroll said. “When something that happens that effects one person or community, it’s kind of awesome to see everyone come together.”

All of the money raised tonight and on a GoFund Me page dedicated to Gruender will go to the family to help them pay for medical bills. The GoFund Me page has already passed it’s goal of $50,000.

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