Mueller Family Inspire with “Do it for Dillon”
Angel and George Mueller lost their son Dillon as a result of a bee sting, but vowed to make a positive difference by helping to educate others about the dangers of anaphylaxis. They teamed up with the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons to provide anaphylaxis training and certification to help medical students learn how to recognize and react to someone going into anaphylactic shock. You can read the full article here.
By Patty Cobb
May 4th, 2017
Every now and then, someone touches your heart in a way that inspires you. I had this experience last fall when I met Angel and George Mueller of Mishicot. Although our paths crossed in a completely random manner, I’m incredibly grateful to have met this extraordinary couple.
I have been the coordinator of premedical advising at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the past 30 years; and as such, I’m always looking for ways to help my students obtain meaningful health-related experiences. Therefore, when the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons offered to provide anaphylaxis training and certification to students who attended their fall conference, I was very excited to get students from around the state of Wisconsin involved. Little did I know that the training session would become much more than just the nuts and bolts of learning how to recognize and react to a medical crisis. It became a mission to help spread the word about how a relatively simple training program can help save a life.
Angel and George lost their beloved son, Dillon, to a bee sting. He went into anaphylactic shock and died. But rather than allowing their sadness and loss to consume them, they have chosen to make a positive difference by turning that loss into an opportunity to help educate others about anaphylaxis so that others may avoid the heartache that they’ve endured. Their motto is from the heart and simple: “Do it for Dillon.”
On April 24, WAOPS Executive Director Dr. Len Markman, D.O., Dr. Arthur Angove, D.O., Dr. Leslie Markman, D.O. and the Muellers came to UW-Milwaukee and presented another training program, which resulted in more than 30 university students being trained in how to recognize and react to someone going into anaphylactic shock. Our goal is to have this training program offered at every public and private university/college in the state of Wisconsin.
Can you imagine the impact this will have? Hundreds, if not thousands, of people will become aware of this issue and trained in how to react and respond. Through their strength, determination and action, Angel and George have dropped a pebble into a pond, and the ripples that they are making will reach far beyond their local community.
It’s been an honor and privilege to be part of their mission!
Patty Cobb, M.S., is senior student services coordinator of pre-professional health advising at UW-Milwaukee.