Go Fight Wendy

On November 15, 2012, 46 year old Wendy Langfield Wessling was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Wendy’s energetic spirit helps her fight the disease and inspires her network, which has come together as a team to form ‘Go Fight Wendy.' The Wessling family and the ‘Go Fight Wendy’ team hopes to raise $20,000 to cover unexpected medical bills and loss of income.


Wendy is a wife, mother of 4 wonderful children, and a beloved teacher at a local elementary school. On Friday November 2nd, 2012, she went to the doctor to discuss some symptoms she had been experiencing. By 5:30 that afternoon her world was turned upside down as she got the news of the golf ball sized brain tumor that the MRI had shown. One week later she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma stage 4, multiphase. She was told she had at best 2 years left to live. Wendy met the news with disbelief, anger, sadness, and worry. She says, “My children will most likely spend most of their lives without me around. We are a very close family and spend a lot of time just the six of us. I can’t imagine what life will be like for them.”

Wendy has always wanted to be a wife, mother, and grandma and is heartbroken about the idea of not seeing her kids grow up, not seeing each finish school, and not being able to help guide them throughout life. Wendy says, “no one ever expects to hear that they are going to die, especially when the goals they most cherish are not completed.” The news of Wendy’s illness has been the hardest on her husband Tom, their kids, and Wendy’s mother. One of her kids, Emily, has given up her scholarship at Saint Louis University to be with the family and help with Wendy’s care. Because Wendy is so well loved, a team of close family and friends have come together to help her family out. Wendy’s college roommate, Peg Wurtz, came up with the slogan “Go, Fight, Wendy!” Originally she thought of “Go, Fight, Win” because that is who Wendy is. Wendy's brother-in-law, Bob Schulte, says “Peg and all of Wendy’s friends and family are so passionate about her because she is so passionate about them and about life.”

Wendy has loved being a teacher for the last 15 years, but has not been able to continue because of her cancer. It has been a challenge for her family to rely on one income. If their goal is fulfilled, it will mean less worry for Wendy and ease the path that lies ahead. “I feel guilty that, due to my illness, there is an additional financial burden placed on my family,” says Wendy. Through this experience Wendy says she doesn’t take things for granted anymore. Every day and moment is a gift to her. She says, “my perspective on so many things has changed. Little things don’t bother me.” Wendy’s attitude is an inspiration and a lesson that we should all cherish every moment like she is. The Wessling family is asking for $20,000 to help with mounting medical bills and everyday expenses that are difficult to pay due to the loss of Wendy’s income. Let’s help her family cherish every moment by taking away some of their financial burden.


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  • Red Basket

    Red basket applied donation received from UP Give Plus Matching Program

    -Red Basket December 4, 2013

  • Cris Hay-Merchant

    Go fight, Wendy! Your story inspired me and I wish you the best!

    -Cris Hay-Merchant September 27, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Cris! I am doing well! God, family and friends are all taking wonderful care of me. Thank you for your encouragement and well wishes. God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling September 27, 2013

  • Trierweiler - Wessling Family

    Love you Wendy, Tom, Andrew, Emily, Jacob, and Peter!

    -Trierweiler - Wessling Family September 16, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Trierweiler family. It helps so much to have so many cheering us on! Love Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling September 24, 2013

  • Trierweiler - Wessling Family

    We love you and Miss you! Keep staying strong and believing! You and the Wessling bunch is in our prayers!! God Bless all of you. Your story has touched our hearts. Hugs and Kisses!!

    -Trierweiler - Wessling Family September 16, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you!!!

      -Wendy Wessling September 24, 2013

  • Red Basket

    Red Basket Admin made donation from First Data Gift Match program for $50 on behalf of Timothy Peal

    -Red Basket August 29, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thanks for supporting us in so many ways! Greatly appreciated, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling September 24, 2013

  • Anonymous

    You are top notch! Good luck with everything and I am sending all my love your way

    -Anonymous August 6, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you so much for your support. It is greatly appreciated!! God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling August 7, 2013

  • Chicago Schultes

    Way to go, Wendy!

    -Chicago Schultes August 6, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thanks Dan! Couldn't do it without team Wessling!! Give all those girls at your house big hugs from me!!!

      -Wendy Wessling August 6, 2013

  • Keith and Lugene Berning

    You are in our thoughts and prayers, Wendy!

    -Keith and Lugene Berning July 31, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Berming family. Your prayers are felt and appreciated. God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 31, 2013

  • Anna Sully Sparwasser

    Go Wendy and family! Praying for you!!!!

    -Anna Sully Sparwasser July 29, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Anna! It means so much to hear you are praying for us! We feel it. God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 29, 2013

  • Ravan C

    Way to go, Go, Fight, Wendy! You are doing an amazing job!

    -Ravan C July 29, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you! We just keep saying our prayers and offer thanks for each day we have. Thanks again, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 29, 2013

  • Denise & Fred Bierma

    Wendy - you have been in our prayers for many months now. God is good and he will take care of all your needs.

    -Denise & Fred Bierma July 28, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you for your prayers. God is taking care of me through people like you! God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 28, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Sending prayers your way!

    -Anonymous July 22, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you! The more prayers the better!

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • Anonymous

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family!

    -Anonymous July 21, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you for the encouragement! We could not fight this fight without the incredible love and support we have gotten! Prayers continue to be felt!! God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • Joel and Denise Johnston

    Prayers are with you and your family, Denise and Joel Johnston

    -Joel and Denise Johnston July 21, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Johnston Family, We so appreciate the kindness and support you have shown us. It won't be forgotten but will always be appreciated. God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • Anonymous

    we love you and your family. you are an inspiration and a gift to this community!

    -Anonymous July 21, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      I feel as if this community is a gift to me. I feel honored to call Omaha home!!

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • MJ

    Can't wait for the Big Day at Creighton Prep, Fun Walk and lorts of other fun, don't Forget everyone Mass at 8:30Am and 10:00AM -1:00 PM for all the FUN,

    -MJ July 20, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Wasn't Sunday a fun filled wonderful day. Life long memories with family and friends. Thank you, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • Teeyl Chapman

    Wendy you made everyday that I was at Hartman better. I wish you the best in your progress and you are in my prayers.

    -Teeyl Chapman July 20, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Teeyl. It is so comforting to know that so many people are thinking of us. God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • c nizzi

    We love team Wessling

    -c nizzi July 20, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Chris for your encouragement. It means a lot to know so many people are thinking about us. God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 23, 2013

  • Jennifer Doll-Fowler

    Thank you for being such an amazing role model for all of the students that you have touched. We are so proud of you and will continue to send positive thoughts your way each and every day. The Dave, Jennifer, Sienna, and Denzel Fowler

    -Jennifer Doll-Fowler July 17, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Fowler family. One of the hardest things about all of this is not seeing "my kids." I so miss being with them. I appreciate the well wishes. They are pushing we on each day. Your encouraging words will continue to inspire me. Thanks again, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 17, 2013

  • michele davis

    good luck wendy you are in our thoughts and prayers and kick ass and take names. :-)

    -michele davis July 15, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Michele thank you for your support. I am planning on the win. Keep us all in your prayers. Thank you so much, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013

  • Cathy and Glenn Walsh

    We love you! God is good! We know that our loving Jesus will provide!

    -Cathy and Glenn Walsh July 14, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Hello Walsh family, I also believe in Gods love and goodness. Thank you for your faithfulness and prayers.

      -Wendy Wessling July 14, 2013

  • Marla, Matthew and Joshua Hart

    YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS!

    -Marla, Matthew and Joshua Hart July 12, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Marla, Matthew and Joshua. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.

      -Wendy Wessling July 14, 2013

  • Mari

    The Reeder-Rensch family is praying for your family. Blessings.

    -Mari July 11, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you for your thoughtfulness and prayers. They are very much appreciated. God Bless, Wendy Wessling

      -Wendy Wessling July 14, 2013

  • Karen

    Wendy, May the Lord continue to bless you with all that is good! Always, in my thoughts and prayers. Your friend in Christ, Karen

    -Karen July 8, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Karen thank you for all of your inspirational and kind words. I will be eternally grateful. God bless you my friend, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013

  • Wendy

    The LORD our God is mighty to save! He loves you all with an everlasting love!

    -Wendy July 8, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Wow Wendy what would I do with out you. Such amazing and continued support. God smiled on me when He brought you into my life. God bless you my friend, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Sending prayers for you and your family...stay STRONG

    -Cheryl July 8, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Cheryl thank you for all of your continued support. The cross , the cards, the prayers. Thank you. God bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013

  • Raelene Vining

    My thoughts, prayers and warm wishes are with you and your family. Win Wendy!!!

    -Raelene Vining July 8, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Raelene so good to hear from you. Your words of encouragement are appreciated. Thank you so much for the prayers as well. God bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013

  • Meredith

    Go Wendy!

    -Meredith July 8, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you Meredith. I so appreciate all of you support! God Bless, Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013

  • mlangfield

    Love you Aunt Wendy! Continuous prayers heading your way

    -mlangfield July 8, 2013

    • Wendy Wessling

      Thank you so much Michael. It helps to know that so many prayers are headed my way. Love you, Aunt Wendy

      -Wendy Wessling July 15, 2013


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