MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — A Door County man whose 5-year-old grandson was diagnosed with leukemia last year has created a fund at the Marshfield Clinic to assist families of other young cancer patients.
Werner Krause and his family pledged a total of $75,000 toward the fund, after seeing how other families of sick children struggled to make ends meet, the News-Herald Media reported (http://mnhne.ws/1hmkTR1 ).
“You meet a lot of families in waiting rooms and at cancer camps, and you hear their stories and see the stress on their faces,” said Werner’s son, Dave Krause. “People won’t admit they have problems, but they exist out there.”
Werner Krause’s grandson, Will Krause of Hewitt, was diagnosed with cancer but it’s now in remission.
In his honor, Werner Krause on Wednesday announced his family’s decision to establish the Krause Family Pediatric Cancer Angel Fund. The fund will provide help through gas cards, grocery cards and payment of household bills.
“We’re fortunate we’re doing well with everything, but a lot of families have struggles, and the fact that (my parents) thought of others is truly a selfless act,” Dave Krause said.
The Krauses are giving $25,000 to create the fund and another $25,000 to support that fund and others similar to it. The family will also match up to $25,000 in donations made by others.
Information from: News-Herald Media, http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com