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UPDATE: Group helps people with disabilities get A/C

MADISON (WKOW) -- It hasn't cooled off much at night this summer, which is brutal for people without air conditioning. Health officials are investigating 21 heat-related deaths across Wisconsin. That's why one group is helping people with health problems stay cool.

Karen Sauer lives in one of Madison's public housing apartments off Park Street. She doesn't have a working air conditioner -- so the apartment quickly becomes a sauna, which is a difficult condition for someone living with lung disease.

"I can't breathe and it really scares me," says Karen.

Karen is hoping for help from Triangle Community Ministry. The outreach group is raising money to bring air conditioning to the community of elderly people and those living with disabilities.

There are 335 apartment units in half a dozen buildings in the Triangle Neighborhood. Some of those apartments have A/C units, but the buildings are aging so many of them don't work. That's why Triangle created a fund, raising money to buy A/C units for residents. But there are so many in need, they had to create a wait list.

"I talk with them and assess their health need for such a thing, and then I contact their health provider. It's a difficult thing, but then I have to prioritize," says Kate Pender, a nurse with Triangle Community Ministry Parish.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that eight people have died from the heat since July 1, including one in Richland County and one in Rock County. Health officials are also investigating 13 other deaths that could be heat-related, including one in Dane County, two in Rock County and one in Columbia County.

Officials say those statistics illustrate why it's so important to check on neighbors, especially the elderly. Triangle Community Ministry is hoping their residents' health doesn't suffer from the heat.

If you'd like to help out with the A/C project, send a check to:

Triangle Community Ministry
755 Braxton Place, B109
Madison, WI 53717

Or call Kate Pender, Community Parish Nurse, at 608-692-0459.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The heat can be oppressive, but many of us have a place to go to escape it. Some people living in Madison's low income housing complexes don't have air conditioning, and it's starting to affect their health.

Triangle Community Ministry is hoping to help the elderly and people living with disabilities who live in these low income apartments. They're looking for donations to buy A/C units for residents.

You can send a check to:

Triangle Community Ministry
755 Braxton Pl, B109
Madison, WI 53717

 Or call Kate Pender, Community Parish Nurse at (608)-692-0459.

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