As Jeff McKenzie's parents, we are sincerely requesting and hoping that your newspaper staff will allow us to relay our side of Jeffrey's story in regard to the incident which resulted in a mistrial last week in Walworth County Circuit Court.

We are not in any way condoning the reasons that brought Jeffery to the court in the first place. However, we would like to make it known to the public that he has been treated by numerous physicians within the past two years for what appears to be worsening signs and symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

Jeff was a running back for Whitewater High School and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and suffered many blows to his head, in addition to at least four known concussions that he suffered as an adolescent. At this point, we are attempting to schedule an evaluation for Jeff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for a complete neurological and psychological workup by their CTE staff of physicians.

Unfortunately, a diagnoses of CTE can only be diagnosed upon death by an autopsy of the brain. Jeffrey may not have played for the NFL, but his story is just as important to those who know and love him. What he needs right now is empathy and understanding as he battles this horrible disease. Thank you.

SCOTT and SHARON McKENZIE

Whitewater

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