Living Organ Donors Share Stories Ahead of “Parent Cafe” Event at FDL Children’s Museum (Audio)

The Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is hosting an event called Parent Cafe in which parents will have the opportunity to get advice from and network with other parents while their children enjoy the museum and engage in fun activities. All participants will receive a light meal, registration required, space is limited.

The focus of the Parent Cafe on Wednesday, February 1st is Organ Donation/Tackling Medical Challenges Featuring Maranda Abitz & Paul Osterholm.

Maranda and Paul joined KFIZ Today to share their heart-warming stories about donating their kidneys.

Social connections promote strong families and are one of the most important of the protective factors… and you never know when one of the people in your network just might save your life!

Join guest speakers, Paul Osterholm and Maranda Abitz as they share their story of how their connections led them to make the life-saving decision to make a live kidney donation. Challenges, especially medical challenges, can be extremely difficult to navigate. Their heartwarming story illustrates how important personal and social connections are to mental and physical health.

Children in attendance will get the opportunity to engage with author Brenda Cortez as she reads her story “HOWL Helps Others,” a story about how kindness is always and helping others is always the best option. Parent Cafes, a series of three conversations about the challenges and victories involved in being a parent.

The sessions, open to any parent or caregiver, will be held from 11:00am – 12:30pm or 4:30pm – 6:00pm on Wednesday, Feb. 1 (sessions March 1 and April 5 to follow). The Parent Cafes, held at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, are presented in partnership with Fond du Lac County’s Partnership for Children (SPROUT) and Family Connections.

These free events include a light meal, engaging child programming/museum play and an opportunity for parents and other caregivers to make meaningful connections and engage in conversations about self-care, connections, family dynamics, and more.

Community resources are also available for attendees. To register for the February 1 Parent Cafe “Give from the Heart, a discussion about Organ Donation and dealing with Medical Challenges”, visit