Storm troopers help one boy battle cancer in Wausau
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
One little boy battling cancer had his Star Wars dreams come true after meeting storm troopers right here in Wausau.
Characters from Star Wars came to life on the dance floor at the Great Dane all for a good cause.
"We really would like to thank Kyle for giving us the opportunity to be here for him today," said Bob Merritt, leader of the group of storm troopers.
Kyle Pagel has been fighting neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer, for a year and a half.
"He's been through a series of chemo, he had a couple stem cell transplants, and he's had radiation. He's also been through what they call immunotherapy. He just finished up with that here about three weeks ago," said Brad Pagel, Kyle Pagel's father.
Pagel said his son is showing improvement.
"We got really good results back a couple weeks ago. The tests all came back negative," Pagel.
But, Pagel said the family is still recovering from the cost of Kyle's treatment.
"For the next year, every three months, he has to go and have scans, so we're by far not out of this. I mean there is a lot more over the next 5 years," said Pagel.
To celebrate Kyle's progress, storm troopers from across the galaxy came to party, and to help raise funds to help this little boy beat cancer.
"We wanted to rally around him to make sure his event was special for him," said Merritt.
These troopers, called the 501st Legion, help put smiles on the faces of children combating serious illnesses, and bring out their inner jedi.
"We especially like to do these type of things, like make a wish, and any individual that has these type of conditions. We're worldwide, and we have over 5000 active members right now that are out there right now that do these things almost everyday for kids," said Merritt.
And Pagel said for his son, meeting these storm troopers really is a dream come true.
"Kyle loves Star Wars. If you had seen Kyle's bedroom our whole house is all Star Wars stuff," said Merritt.
The Star Wars fun isn't over yet for the Pagel family. Pagel said Kyle's wish was granted by the Make A Wish Foundation. His wish: going to Disney World for their Star Wars weekend in May.
Organizers of the benefit said they raised more than $10,000 to help pay for Kyle Pagel's treatment.