The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is getting its biggest donation from one person, ever: $1,000,00, which will go for mental health services.
The size of the donation — a million dollars — is as newsworthy as the man giving it. Will Radler is described by American Rose magazine as a hybridizer “who turned the rose world upside-down by creating the most disease-resistant rose on the market today.” That rose is known as “Knock Out.”
Radler's donation to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin stems from his concern over the limited mental health services for an agency trying to provide comprehensive, integrated care. Since last year, the ARCW has had only a part time psychiatrist — 10 hours a week — to serve 3,000 potential clients.
“If you don't have a healthy mind, you're not going to have a healthy body,” Radler said. “It works hand in hand. Everything we do: taking medication, taking your medication at the right time in the right order, doing this daily, day in and day out. If you don't have a healthy mind, you're not going to do that.”
ARCW President Mike Gifford says the million dollar donation will allow the center to hire full time psychiatrists for the next three years. The ARCW provides services to 9 communities in Wisconsin. “ARCW has made the commitment that no matter where you live in the state you're going to have access to the same high quality services,” Gifford said, “whether it's La Crosse or Green Bay, from Superior down to Kenosha. ”
The million donation is intended to be a catalyst for others to give. The ARCW needs to raise an additional $210,000 dollars for mental health services.