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Marshfield Winterfest raises money for children with cancer

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - Winterfest is back in Marshfield after a 20 year hiatus.

Community members enjoyed cross country skiing, fat tire bike and snowshoe races Saturday afternoon. But it was the cause behind it all that made braving the cold worth it. 

Money raised from entry fees, raffles and concession sales is going to the Marshfield Clinic's Oncology and Pediatrics Department.

"We had a lot of businesses in town contribute to help covering our costs so the money we raise here today is all profit to go towards the cause," said Kevin Michalski, Winterfest's co-chair.

The cause is a personal one for Dave Krause.

"My 5 year old son Will has leukemia. It'll be 2 years on March 3rd," Krause said.

He couldn't be more proud of his son.

"It's pretty awe-inspiring what those kids go through and what they can tolerate so it's the least we can do. Skiing 3.5 miles is nothing compared to some of that," said Krause.

Will Krause loves playing outside in the winter. His father says he goes cross-country skiing and loves tubing and snowboarding. Will didn't make it to Winterfest because it was a bit too cold.

"He and his little brother stayed home and he was like, 'Dad you have to go out and win' and fortunately I did. It was pretty cool. That's all I thought about all the way around was, 'I told Will I'd try to win' and I was able to pull one out for him," Krause said.

It's stories like that that made this Winterfest a success.

 "Anything we can do as a community to make it easier for those families is what we're out here for," Michalski said.
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