Benefit Held in Kurtzweil's Name as Treyden Battles Leukemia

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

UPDATE: 3/9 at 7:25PM

Today, a benefit was held in the families honor to help Treyden fight back! Even though the families insurance will cover some of the medical expenses, not all will be covered.

Family and friends came together at Dale's Weston Lanes to raise money for the family.

A benefit account has been established at Stratford State Bank. Checks can be made out to "Treyden Kurtzweil" in the memo line donors are asked to write "benefit". Checks can be mailed to
Stratford State Bank
307 N. Weber Ave
Stratford, WI 54484

UPDATE: 3/7 at 12:05 p.m.

A Stratford family hoping to begin treatment in Madison this week for their eight-month-old son battling cancer has encountered a setback.

According to a post on the Facebook page, "Saving Treyden", Treyden will now need additional tests, which will be done Thursday afternoon. Also Thursday, Treyden's parents, Cassie and Travis will travel to Madison to learn more about the bone marrow matching process.

The post on Facebook reads:

March 6th,
Why can't our life ever just have something simple, something go as planned. Travis and I should know as cancer parents that you should never plan anything especially in our circumstances. Treyden will not be leaving for Madison today or tomorrow, we aren't really sure when he will go to Madison. Treyden's counts have started to recover his whiteblood count is 900. Last night it was 500. Madison has suggested that we do a bone marrow test here to see what percentage of leukemia cells are in there, because currently Madison is really full. In which Travis and I read in between the lines and have our opinions. We feel that Madison does not want to take us because Treyden may not qualify depending on the state of his bone marrow, he needs to be 25 percent or less to have this type of transplant. And even if Treyden is 25 percent or less it takes 3 weeks to be prepared for the transplant which we figured there would be a time frame but we didn't know it was three weeks.
So Treyden will be having a bone marrow aspiration tomorrow [Thursday] at 330 while Travis and I go down to Madison to meet with the doctor from Madison and learn more about this and get our blood drawn to be tested for the matching process...
Treyden has not been acting himself last night and today he has his happy moments but he is very crabby as well which scares us even more that there is leukemia present...
Please pray that our baby boy catches a break...
Love Cassie Travis and Trey

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/5 at 10:04 p.m.

The two most important things parents want for their children, is for them to be happy and healthy.

When you look at Travis and Cassie Kurtzweil's son, Treyden, it's easy to see he's full of joy.

"He's always smiling," dad Travis said.

What's harder to see is just how sick the 8 month-old is.

"He was diagnosed at 2 months old with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," mom Cassie said.

Treyden has spent nearly every moment since at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield. His daily routine includes blood transfusions, chemotherapy and waiting--waiting for good news.

"It's extremely hard," Cassie said. "You feel helpless. You feel like you're living a nightmare every single day. And you can't take anything away from him. You can't make it better yourself."

"In Treyden's case, it's been very, very difficult to treat," said Dr. Michael McManus, a pediatric oncologist with St. Joseph's.

Dr. McManus has tried almost everything to help cure the little boy of cancer. He's now down to one final option.

"We are at a critical point in his treatment," Dr. McManus said. "He has responded pretty well to chemotherapy over the last month and this would be now the time to try to transition his care to a bone marrow transplant center."

Madison is the closest place that will do a bone marrow transplant on an infant. The problem at first was, the Kurtzweil's insurance didn't cover it. But thanks to Mom and Dad's patience, the community's prayers, and Treyden's perseverance, the good news everyone has been waiting for, finally came. On the "Saving Treyden" Facebook page Tuesday, Cassie and Travis told their more than 5,400 supporters, the insurance company has agreed to make an exception. They wrote, "We should be leaving tomorrow for Madison thank you all."

"He's been through a lot so far," Travis said. "He's a fighter."

"From the beginning they told us the odds were against him," Cassie said. "And every single time he got an infection, that could be life-threatening. And every single time, he pulled through it. You just can't give up on him."

Even though insurance will cover the transplant, Cassie and Travis will still have to pay out of pocket for a lot of Treyden's medical expenses. If you'd like to help them out, there will be a benefit at Dale's Weston Lanes in Weston on Saturday, March 9. It goes from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will be music, food and raffle prizes. All of the money raised will go toward their cause.

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