John was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 at the age of 50. He was a successful teacher and coach, happily married and the doting father of a daughter, Sarah. Rather than dwell on the limitations the disease has imposed, John has chosen to use his considerable energy and enthusiasm to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for anyone affected by ALS. His warm, optimistic and humorous reflections serve to inspire and comfort.
He speaks throughout Wisconsin, hopeful that knowledge will lead to compassion and support. John and his wife Deanna started the very successful Jaeckel Walk in Hayward, Wisconsin.
The Hayward community shows their love of the Jaeckel family by supporting this Walk and John’s fight. He is also an amazingly genuine, humble, kind, funny and grateful human being. He refuses to allow the disease to win.
Every month, Jim Kacmarcik from Kapco joins us to award one person, cause or charity that's making a difference in our community with "The 97-3 NOW Difference Maker Award". Just like John, each month, we'll highlight the winner, and they'll receive $500! We're looking for people who are working hard to make a better life for others. Nominate yourself or someone here!