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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -
They're words no parent wants to hear.
process was just really hard on us, we were trying to learn
everything," Travis Stargardt said as he relived the day his two
year old son, Jay, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer
that affects young children.
"He was diagnosed last year
with it, he beat that. But then the treatments he got for the
Neuroblastoma gave him a secondary cancer."
Now, Jay is
battling a form of leukemia.
"You just move forward, nothing
you can do so we're just taking it slow," Stargardt said.
thanks to the help of hundreds of supporters, Stargardt says at
least one day was a little easier. That's because people from across
the state gathered at Wildwood Park in Marshfield for a 5K run/walk
called "March With Jay's Army."
"We have a really
good turnout. It's family not just from Marshfield but from Chippewa
and the Milwaukee area. Really everyone from all over is gathering
together and it's really good to see," Stargardt said as he looked
around at the hundreds of people lacing up their sneakers for the
good cause. All the money raised goes toward the Midwest Athletes
Against Childhood Cancer Fund, a non-profit organization that helps
fund childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
"We're dealing with the MACC fund everyday and there's so
many good supporters in the hospital," Stargardt said.
Jay couldn't be at the event, "he's home still sick and
compromised," Stargardt said. The participants say he's never far
from their hearts.
"A lot of people are out here talking
about Jay," runner Marissa Jurik said.
And organizers say
each step taken by these supporters, is another step closer to a
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