The Badger Child Cancer network is a non-profit supporting children being treated with cancer at the American Family Children's Hospital. They provide the whole family with emotional and financial support through the tough times. All the families in the network either have a child that is currently on treatment, a survivor, or has passed on.
They're able to bond and support each other, understand what the other is going through. On Saturday, the day wasn't about what was happening in the hospital -- it was about finding the joy.
At Little Amerrika, you'll see a big group, all smiles. It's a special day for kids and families; it's the Badger Child Cancer Network summer picnic
"t's a great way for families to connect, and just relate together because we're all kind of going through the same thing," said Elizabeth Sieger. She organized the picnic.
Sieger and her daughter Sierra LePine are volunteers for the network, but they were a family with the BCCN first.
"I was five when my little brother got cancer, and we just started coming to these parties, and it was a great way for families to just kind of forget what was going on outside," said LePine.
It's a day of fun and feeling normal -- today that means a rides at Little Amerrika.
"It's a day to forget about cancer and chemo and to connect for years to come with families who are going through the same thing you're going through," said Sieger, about the picnic.
It's exactly the goal for the Nielson family. Their son, Channing was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL in March of 2013.
"Two and a half years of treatments, chemotherapy, overnight stays in the hospital," said Alyssa Nielson, Channing's mom.
The family received help and support from BCCN during those trips to American Family Children's. Channing is almost a year cancer-free. Today he's at Little Amerrika, riding the Mad Mouse and the Carousel. BCCN also gave them a day with the family wasn't always possible.
"It's really nice especially because we were in the hospital so many times and separated in treatment so many times. We would tag team it. He'd be home with the younger two while I was in the hospital with Channing. So it's nice to be a family again after all this," said Nielson.
While the families were out having fun today, events like the picnic are possible for the network through fundraising.
BCCN is having their biggest fundraiser, the superhero run, on August 30th. For more information, visit badgersuperhero.com
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