Northern Colorado woman wins essay contest, $250,000 for her family

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TIMNATH, Colo. -- Lisa Stenzel and her family have had their share of tough times in recent years … son Ty was born premature with Down Syndrome, husband Rocky shattered his heel taking him off his construction job and landing him on crutches. Daughter Emma broke her wrist and her sister Madison was diagnosed with Dyslexia.

“All the issues at home prompted me to start writing about all of our family issues,” says Lisa Stenzel. “A friend told me about the Wells Fargo contest—“What Makes a Home”—and within a few days I wrote an essay which won one of three quarter-of-a-million dollar prizes!”

She also made a video to go with her entry which described what home means to the family living just outside Ft. Collins.

All three winners have things in common … to find out what they are… watch the video report above. $250,000 winners in the tiny town of Timnath!

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