A family vacation turned into a life-changer for a 5-year-old boy after he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Now, his recovery and his parent's kind acts have sparked generosity, which comes in the form of a new fund at Marshfield Clinic to help other families battling cancer.
Little 5-year-old William loves batman stickers and superheros and his favorite animal is the black panther he saw at the zoo in March 2012.
"It's a rare animal," William said. "Sometimes you can see it at the Florida zoo. I got diagnosed in Florida."
He was diagnosed on a family vacation with the most common form of cancer for children: acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
When he arrived with his parents, Becky and David Krause, and his 3-year-old brother Benjamin, to Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis. Wednesday, they were surprised with the dedication of a new angel fund that will help families cover hospital costs.
"We thought we were being interviewed for a promotional video to raise awareness for pediatric oncology," Becky Krause said. "We had no idea that this is what it was."
Will's grandparents and David Krause's parents, Sue and Werner Krause, started the fund with $75,000 and they'll match any donation for the next three years.
They said they did it in honor Becky, David, William and Benjamin because of how much they went through and give to other families.
"They are still going out there doing fundraisers for the benefit of other people," Werner Krause said. "That takes a lot of courage on their part and instills a lot of pride on our part."
The Krauses explained during the celebration Wednesday that a child with cancer and their family will make 150 visits to the clinic during their 3-year treatment. For this reason, the Krauses hope this fund will help with the non-medical costs that may add up.
"The financial burden of gas hotels medications, deductibles, what have you, it's huge," Becky Krause said. "This is going to fill such a need. It's exciting."
While families will benefit from the first pediatric oncology angel fund at Marshfield Clinic, William looks forward to finishing his treatment in May 2015, so he can get back to things a 5 -year-old should.
If you'd like to give to the Krause Family Pediatric Cancer Angel Fund, visit https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/giving/areas-of-greatest-need/list-of-funds
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