MERRILL - No parent wants to see their child in pain.
But thatís 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, weíll take him to the doctor and get some antibiotics prescribed."
Thatís when they found out three-year-old Luke Stollarczyk has Leukemia.
Heíll have numerous treatments over the next three years.
"Itís even hard to know what to say or what to do. Youíre just trying to absorb whatís happening to your child, much less the treatments they are prescribing," said Stollarczyk.
"Without faith we wouldnít 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, thereís 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 didnít 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.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts donít know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
RHINELANDER - It won't be much longer before the Hodag water show gears up for the summer, but right now they need to make repairs to their building. Rod Olson says it may cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to make repairs to the building. To watch the video click on the video link.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.