SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) --- Years after the kids that grew up in a Sun Prairie neighborhood moved away, they’re coming together to help one another.
Jamie Mueller grew up in the Carriage Hills neighborhood in the 1980s. She ran with a tight crew of other kids whose families lived there.
"There were a lot of kids, all the same age. We played outside all hours of the day,” Jamie said.
As those kids grew up and moved away, they stayed in touch through social media. Jamie married a German man, moved to Stuttgart, Germany and is now the mother of two-year-old twins, Felix and Pia
The twins were born premature and Pia was born with some brain damage. At the age of one she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
"I think it's emotionally so devastating and so hurtful and so painful that i can't describe it,” Jamie’s husband and Pia’s father, Roland Mueller said.
Tightness in Pia’s legs prevent her from walking. The Muellers are hoping to get Pia a surgery that will release some of that tension, hopefully, allowing her to walk. Since they live in Germany and the surgery is being performed in the U.S., the Mueller’s insurance won’t cover the procedure.
When the friends from Jamie’s old neighborhood knew Jamie needed help, they stepped in.
While Jamie and her family are back in Wisconsin for a visit, the crew from the Sun Prairie neighborhood are holding a fund raiser for Pia.
"I think it's a reminder that as much as things change, things remain the same,” Jamie said.” "Relationships that are formed at an early age in a neighborhood, in a community, they stay with you regardless of location and regardless of time and when you need them, they're there.”