Students in Marshfield are trying to help a baby battling cancer and they're doing it with a little March Madness fun.
Newsline 9 first introduced you to baby Treyden earlier this month. At just nine months old, he's spent most of his life in a hospital. Now, his parents say he needs a life saving procedure.
By looking at Treyden, you wouldn't know how sick he really is, or know the young baby is battling leukemia. But Treyden isn't giving up.
""We just think that he's come so far already, there has to be a reason," Treyden's mother, Cassie Kurtzweil told Newsline 9.
Treyden's parents say he needs a life saving bone marrow transplant. But more tests and procedures are needed first. The family plans to head to a children's hospital out of state on Monday.
"There's been very good reports on it working to put the patient into a more of a true remission and to bridge them to transplant time," Cassie Kurtzweil said.
In the middle of March Madness, students at Columbus Catholic High School in Marshfield wanted to help.
"At the end of the tournament, we will be able to present the family with the money we raised," Columbus Catholic teacher Lucas Hart said.
More than 150 students filled out their brackets and donated money, all to help Treyden.
"We all feel for the family and we thought it would be wonderful to be able to help them," Hart told Newsline 9.
Treyden's parents say they couldn't be more grateful for the outpouring of support.
"It's just been overwhelming. Every day it seems like we're getting some sort of help. It's greatly appreciated," Treyden's father, Travis Kurtzweil said.
For now, Treyden has a long road ahead. But like the adorable baby, his parents aren't giving up. They also say they have faith.
"We just want to give him the opportunity to beat this and possibly survive," Travis Kurtzweil said.
Students at Columbus Catholic say they'll be cheering him on to do just that.
You can follow Treyden's story on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SavingTreyden?fref=ts
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