Milton teacher who lost a daughter works to raise awareness about eating disorders

Michale Dorn

Michael Dorn

Milton Education Association President Michael Dorn, who suffered a family tragedy when his daughter died as the result of an eating disorder, was featured this week in a report by WISC TV, Channel 3, Madison, for his work to raise awareness of the dangers of eating disorders and the opportunities for helping young people who are struggling.

“Eating disorders aren’t something that just happens in literature or in the movie screen,” Dorn says in the WISC report. “They happen to real people and they can happen to their friends and have real consequences and they can help with it. They can help with her recovery.”

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and Dorn shared his family’s story with a Milton High School class.

“I miss her a lot,” Dorn said of his daughter Maria. “But what we are doing is trying to use what happened to her to prevent it from happening to someone else. If I can do this, it can maybe affect one life in a positive way, then it makes all the effort worthwhile.”

According to Channel3000,com:

Since Maria’s death, Dorn and his wife, Alita, have created an organization in her name called “Project Maria.” They are partnering with Janesville Mobilizing for Change to create a temporary display of books ad resources at the Janesville Hedberg Public Library. They will also host an event on March 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Festival Foods at 2233 Humes Road in Janesville. They will discuss eating disorders and have attendees make affirming greeting cards that will be sent to local treatment facilities.

Read the report and watch the WISC TV video:

Teacher uses personal story to educate students on eating disorders

MILTON, Wis. – A Milton man who lost his daughter to an eating disorder is using his role as a teacher to help other kids. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.