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APPLETON, Wis. – Community First Credit Union has helped longtime member James Wagner communicate again just in time for the holiday season. Left with cerebral palsy after a high fever at the age of two, Wagner has faced more than his share of challenges in life, especially the ability to communicate. The specialized augmentative “text to speech” device that was stolen while he was at work on Oct. 31 made it possible for Wagner to “talk” via a keyboard and audio components. Unlike most electronic devices, which typically come down in cost over time, the price of Wagner’s unit actually increased. While insurance covered the bulk of the nearly $4,500 replacement cost, Wagner didn’t have the money to pay the difference and so was unable to replace his device. Thanks to a joint gift between Community First and the Community First Insurance Center, the full $975 was donated within a couple of days. Wagner’s new communication device was delivered in time to celebrate the New Year.


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