One in a Billion

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: UW-Marathon County
Address: 518 S. 7th Avenue, Wausau WI

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A two year-old boy from Wisconsin has a never-before seen deadly illness. His mother’s fearless drive helps Nic Volker hang on to life. But with time running out, doctors come up with a radical plan.

Hear the story from the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who chronicled Nic’s journey in the book, “One in a Billion,” his mother, Amylynne, who never gave up hope and a genomics expert from the Medical College of Wisconsin – where researchers helped discover the “one in a billion” gene that led to Nic’s cure. Panelists will explore how personalized medicine and DNA technologies are poised to change your health care.

The panel discussion and Q&A with the audience is free to the public. It will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on November 15 at UWMC Auditorium in Wausau, with a “Meet the Panelists” social from 8-8:30 p.m. in the adjacent Terrace Room.

Panelists will be Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and co-author of “One in a Billion,” Amylynne Santiago Volker, Nic’s mom and founder of Nicholas Volker One in a Billion Foundation, and Daniel Helbling, senior clinical genomics analyst with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

“One in a Billion” books will be available for purchase. The audience is invited to a social after the program where the author will do book signings. Refreshments will be served.

This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.