Treyden's Parents Reveal Plans for Project to Keep Son's Memory Alive

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

A Stratford couple who shared the ups and downs of their son's courageous battle with cancer, have announced plans to redesign the pediatric oncology waiting room at Marshfield Clinic.

In a post on Facebook, Cassie Kurtzweil, Treyden's mother, says the room will be called “Treyden's Cabin” and will be camping themed. The couple said they hope the room brings a sense of ease to the patients and parents.

The Kurtzweils said they are hoping to raise $50,000 to make “Treyden's Cabin” a reality.

Once the project is finished they plan to have an open house for anyone to see the completed room.

Click here to learn more about Treyden's Cabin or to make a donation online.

The post reads as follows:

August 1st
Can you imagine sitting in a room…four walls just blah. For a short period of time it may not be bad… but to continually sit in a room where there’s nothing to keep your child occupied?? I can tell you from our experience Treyden was easily distracted with bright colors or things that moved. But it can be even more difficult to occupy older children waiting to be seen. Pictured above is the new family waiting room for the hematology/oncology kids at Marshfield Clinic. The room is great because for the first time it provides a place for hem/onc families to wait. However the room needs much more. We are very excited to share with you that we have the honor to help these walls be something amazing, and have the room named permanently after Treyden.

To me I was always so bummed that I would never have those first moments with Treyden, the things that seem so petty and small were huge things to me. I remember thinking to myself…just for him to be outside is dangerous… and to have my child play in a pile of leaves is extremely dangerous. Even though he was an infant I thought about the future and how our future would be different. As I would say, we never knew what normal was. These kids have to give up so much, that if we can give them the feeling as if they are in a different place for any amount of time that makes me happy. So we have partnered up with Marshfield Clinic for this project and we are beyond excited to see what these walls are going to look like in the end. We are told to dream big and that is exactly what we are doing.

We would like to ask for your help to make this project happen. We have been talking with the Clinic about themes for this room and we really like the idea of camping/outdoor. We’ve decided to call this project Treyden’s Cabin. Our hope is that this is a theme that would fit any age group and would be able to bring a sense of calmness not only to the patients but parents as well. We want Treyden’s Cabin to come alive with color and trees, and animals and of course rainbows. We want to encourage children’s imagination and captivate them and put them at ease, so they forget they are at the doctor. Because let’s face it … not many people are excited to go to the doctor. Especially in these kiddo’s circumstances, for some it may be great news and for others the news isn’t as great….. This waiting room will also be used for families to be able to interact with each other, become friends and gain support from each other. Sometimes you just need to be able to connect with someone who is experiencing the same thing, which is so hard to do during treatment. Some of these kids will make friends with other kids their age… that is our hope, that this will be something more than just a waiting room… it will be the start of relationships and strong bonds.

This is one of the projects that we have been telling you about, and like I said we are very excited! I hope this room turns out so cool that others will be a little jealous that they are not able to come and sit to wait for their appointment . Travis and I worked with the team to help brainstorm the ideas for this room, share our vision and find unique ways to honor Treyden in the room. Our goal for this project is $50,000.

So many of you have already helped us tremendously and for that we are grateful. But many of you have asked how else you can help. Together we can help make Treyden’s Cabin a reality. We want to build Treyden’s Cabin at Marshfield Clinic and we want it to be amazing. There are so many more children out there like Treyden… infants, toddlers, kids, teenagers… who are battling cancer. They need you; they need us to help.
Please consider a gift to help us with Treyden’s Cabin. Every gift, whether it’s $5 or $5,000 will help us with our dream to honor Treyden.

Simply click here to make a tax-deductible gift to help.

If you have any questions, please contact Marshfield Clinic Development at 1-800-858-5220 or 715-387-9249 or contact Teri Wilczek via email at

Once the room is finished there will be an open house for anyone who would like to come and take a look at what it has become I will be posting updates as we go, about how the project is coming along. Our ideas are pretty big and like I said we are so excited to see if we can make them happen.

Thank you all again for your love and support.
Until next time,
Love Cassie and Travis

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