Shannon Smith was a dedicated UW Health nurse, about to start a career as a nurse practitioner on Madison's East side when an unthinkable tragedy occurred. Now her husband, Scott Smith, is finding a way to carry on Shannon's legacy of caring for others.
If you ask Kurt Stapleton if he ever thought he’d be where he currently is, tucked in his comfy chair, cat curled up beside him, crocheting hats for cancer patients, he would look at you with a sense of disbelief.
15 years ago this month, Scott Kruchten's life changed forever when an IED exploded under his Humvee in Iraq. The explosion took the lives of four of his comrades-in-arms, and left him seriously wounded. A local non-profit called Hogs for Heroes has helped Scott on the road to recovery. He wanted to show his gratitude to the non-profit in a special way.
Two Madison residents are "talking trash", in order to help keep things clean. Fred Svensson and Jill Pfeiffer are the founders of the Trash Talkers group. They now have more than 500 others joining them in their quest to keep Madison (and beyond) free of litter.
After leaving UW Madison without a degree to begin his career in the NFL, Donald Hayes has returned to Madison 20 years later, finishing his degree and volunteering at the community center he attended as a kid.
UW-Madison students are bringing "A Moment of Magic" to some young patients who need it most. In this Making a Difference segment, we see how a little fiction can go a long way in brightening pediatric patients' days.
A Madison police officer is really packing a punch in the impact he's making with kids on the west side of the city. Justin Nelsen is a neighborhood officer for the Hammersley Road and Theresa Terrace neighborhood.
A new adult adaptive dance program in Madison is encouraging people with Down syndrome to get out their dancing shoes. It's a partnership between GiGi's Playhouse and Magnum Opus Ballet and volunteers said it is the first of it's kind class in the area.
One Madison business has a longtime tradition of making a difference. Books 4 School is in its fifth generation. It’s a business with a goal to get books into kids’ hands for the lowest possible price. Books average about two dollars apiece.
For 50 years, Mike Leckrone has been a fixture at Camp Randall, leading the UW Marching Band since 1969. In this interview with John Stofflet, Retiring next spring, Leckrone looks back on his half century career, as his final game leading the band at "The Camp" approaches Saturday.
A Madison crossing guard's infectious personality brightens the mornings of those who pass through his corner of the world on Madison's West side each morning. He's the recipient of our NBC15 Making a Difference Award.
When a student took their own life last fall at Mt. Horeb High School, it of course came as a terrible shock to classmates. Three of those classmates had an idea: Use art to shine a light on mental health, to let other students who might be struggling know they are not alone...and that there is hope.
We have a number of retired seniors in our area who volunteer to help seniors older than they are. We found a group that does that by getting them out on the dance floor, or at least tapping their fingers and toes in their seats.
Professional Golfer Steve Stricker sits down for a one-on-one interview with NBC15's John Stofflet just a few weeks ahead of the American Family Insurance Championship about fundraising for local charities.
A group of senior citizens in Whitewater is making a difference one treat at a time. They gather to make and bake treats for the dogs at Humane Society of Jefferson County and other dog-related organizations.
According to one estimate, there are about 23-million pets in America that have no access to veterinary care. A non-profit associated with the University of Wisconsin is working to do something about that in Dane County.