Community supports boy battling cancer Submitted: 10/20/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

MERRILL - No parent wants to see their child in pain.

But that's something a Merrill family battles after their three-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer.

Their community is giving them their support.

Brian Stollarczyk preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.

He gives comfort to people in their time of need.

Now he needs their comfort.

"Back in April our son went through a period where he got real pale and then suddenly had a little fever," Stollarczyk said.

"We thought ok, we'll take him to the doctor and get some antibiotics prescribed."

That's when they found out three-year-old Luke Stollarczyk has Leukemia.

He'll have numerous treatments over the next three years.

"It's even hard to know what to say or what to do. You're just trying to absorb what's happening to your child, much less the treatments they are prescribing," said Stollarczyk.

"Without faith we wouldn't have much to hold on to."

But he says he has a lot to hold on to, a whole community to be exact.

The members of his church decided to put a fundraiser together to help pay with medical bills.

"We saw a need for the Stollarcyk family. Even though there is insurance involved here, there's a lot of extra cost for pastor and Sarah." said Board of Elders chairman, Jack Kleinschmidt.

More than 600 people showed their support at the Merrill Eagle Club Sunday.

"Our pastor sometimes fills in for churches that are without a pastor at the given time. So he really knows a lot of people in the community." Fellowship Ministry board member, Sherrie Kleinschmidt said.

The people Stollarczyk touched are now returning the favor.

For Luke, events like this takes a lot of energy.

He didn't have much to say, but he is grateful.

"Can you say thank you Luke? Thank you."

With the help of his community and family, Luke will need to save that energy for his battle ahead.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


Play Video

RHINELANDER - A 13-year-old boy with a rare disease can't join his teammates on the football field.  Bobby Towne is simply too sick.  Tuesday night, Bobby's Rhinelander teammates will do their part to help him get better.

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - The Minocqua Police Department can thank a local thrift shop for donating $20,000.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Dog owners in Rhinelander could get more outdoor options soon.

A group of people in the city want a dog park near the city's airport. The group was looking at a different location near the airport, but that piece of property could've been used for business. The new piece of land is different.

+ Read More

MERRILL - This weekend Northcentral Technical College hosted its fourth annual Fire and EMS University for firefighters across Wisconsin.

The event provides training for firefighting and EMS techniques at the Public Safety Center of Excellence in Merrill.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A 17-year-old boy is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend's mother in central Wisconsin.

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - Downtown Antigo will look a little bit brighter from now on, and it's all thanks to a new downtown sign park.

The signs at the park aren't like the ones people currently see on storefronts.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - A new tool in Marathon County will help you find some local food. The website from the Marathon County Health Department features a local food map, as well as the times and locations for farmers markets throughout the year.

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here