Fundraiser for Treado endowment worthy of support

Mention Becky Treado’s name and you will hear descriptions like dedicated, hard-working, creative, fun, caring, positive and innovative.

On Dec. 23, Becky Treado passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurism, but her memory lives on in the form of the Rebecca Elaine Belanger Treado Endowment to Bay Cliff Health Camp. The endowment is being established to help fund physical, occupational and speech therapies.

A fundraiser for the endowment is planned Tuesday night to help carry Becky’s legacy as a physical therapist who advocated for and served children with special needs, according to a press release.

A benefit concert for the Rebecca Elaine Belanger Treado Endowment to Bay Cliff Health Camp is set for Tuesday at the Lumberjack Tavern in Big Bay. Performing will be Alex and Alyssa at 3 p.m., Cedar Savages at 5 p.m. and Ben Daniels Band at 7:30 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at the door as well as via the U.S. Mail to Bay Cliff.

Those attending the concert should bring lawn chairs as it will be taking place outside.

Becky was born in 1957 in the Belanger Settlement, a small location outside of Cornucopia, Wisconsin. She was a proud and active member of the Red Cliff Band of the Lake Superior Chippewas.

From a young age, Becky aspired to be a physical therapist. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a degree in physical therapy in 1980. She moved to Marquette to start her career at Marquette General Hospital, where she worked for 10 years.

Becky married Tim Treado in 1984. Becky became a mom and worked part-time at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. She realized she wanted to work with children and completed her certification in neuro developmental treatment and finished a 21-year career at Marquette Alger Regional Education Service Agency.

During her time with MARESA, Becky worked in Marquette and Alger county school districts with students from preschool through high school. Treatment of infants and toddlers with special needs was her specialty. Within the early intervention services through Early On at MARESA, she mentored multi-agency staff on developmental assessment and treatment. She is remembered as a gifted diagnostician.

Becky’s goal was to help individuals reach for more independence while being mindful to never deprive anyone of hope as it may be all they had. That’s a beautiful way to be remembered.

We hope the Lumberjack is packed with supporters of Becky’s legacy.

For those unable to attend the benefit, donations may be sent to Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.