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Part of the mission of Forrest Goetsch Charities is to recognize organizations that are helping or have helped people through difficult times. With the events that took place in our community Forrest Goetsch Charities would like to recognize some of those that protect and serve in our community. Forrest Goetsch Charities will be donating at least 50% of all race participant fees from Forrest’s Run this year to the Everest Metro Police Department, Rothschild Police Department, as well as numerous area Fire Departments in our community.


Forrest Goetsch

Many people know Forrest Goetsch as the 14-year old D.C. Everest student who collapsed and died during warm-ups at cross-country practice on September 21, 2009, but that is just the conclusion of a story that ended way to soon.

Forrest Tyler Goetsch was born on August 22, 1995 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI. He was born 7-weeks before his due date and spent over a month in the neonatal ICU in Marshfield before coming home. That was the beginning of a long relationship Forrest would have with doctors and hospitals. Forrest was also born with a rare facial deformity. Before Forrest was old enough to start kindergarten he had numerous jaw surgeries, more than his family wants to remember.

Despite the medical challenges that Forrest had to face in his life, he had great perseverance, dedication, determination and motivation to succeed in life, school and sports. He never felt sorry for himself about the challenges and surgeries that he would have to face in the future. He looked forward to the future and dreamed of going to college at Duke and playing basketball for Coach K.

Forrest made many lifelong friends during his life and was loved by all who let him into their lives. Forrest truly lived each day to the fullest and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to tease his family and friends and play practical jokes.

Forrest truly loved sports and he spent much of his free time playing soccer, basketball, golf and running. He also enjoyed the outdoors as well as hunting and fishing with friends and family.

There are many things that we have learned from Forrest in his short time with us, the most important of these being – Live your life everyday without feeling sorry for yourself and always take time to tell the people you love that you love them everyday.

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