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OUR STORY

In 2016, a young girl near to everyone on our board was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The first year was full of new challenges as the family re-learned how to eat and managed constant blood sugar level testing and injections. Not only was this time stressful due to the diagnoses, but it also created additional financial strain. In just five short months, the family had accumulated over $20,000 in medical bills and realized that there was little assistance within the county for situations like this.


We know many families find themselves in similar situations, so we created Lean on Me Lakeshore to help provide assistance. While we do not cover significant medical expenses directly, our goal is to provide some relief for non-medical expenses by distributing gift cards and paying for certain ancillary expenses. 


Lean on Me Lakeshore is a nonprofit organization in Manitowoc County. We collect donations from the community and disperse them to families in the county who are facing significant medical expenses due to a child’s illness. Our mission is to help these families find financial relief during their difficult times.

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SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY

Lean on Me Lakeshore provides assistance to these families by distributing gas cards, grocery cards and additional pre-paid gift cards. We also reimburse for parking and overnight stay expenses due to the child’s illness. Additionally, we may also contribute to a household’s bills by directly paying for utility expenses. All disbursements are at the organization’s sole discretion and are not guaranteed for every applicant. Funds not disbursed by the end of each fiscal year will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee and the Miracle League.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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ALLISON BOECKMAN

President

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MACKENZIE REED KADOW

Vice President

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SAM REED

Treasurer

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DANA HAMOY

Secretary

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JOHN BILKA

Director

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NICOLE ORDIWAY

Director

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MATT REED

Director

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KAREN COPPENS

Director

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GIFT CARDS

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TRAVEL COSTS

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HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES

CONTACT US

Lean on Me Lakeshore, Inc.
935 S. 8th Street #202
Manitowoc, WI 54220

(920) 320-1262

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