JANESVILLE, Wis (WMTV) - Most pep rallies are spent cheering on a school’s team ahead of a big game. However, students at Craig High School in Janesville shifted their focus on Tuesday.
Every year students pick a fundraiser, but this year the student council decided to put the school’s efforts toward helping a future Craig High School Cougar.
Debbie Johnson’s four-year-old son Isaac has been battling neuroblastoma, a cancer most commonly found in children, for nearly two years.
“We just don’t stop and we keep going until we find whatever it is going to take to heal Isaac,” Johnson said.
Officer Justin Stubbendick of the Janesville Police Dept. said he heard of Isaac’s story a few years ago, and the department did what they could to support the family.
He said he wanted to do more, so he approached the high school about fundraising. Brian Foster, the school’s liaison officer, said he helped set up the meeting with the student council.
“We met and within ten minutes they had ideas of what they were going to do, how they were going to do it and it just took off,” Foster said.
In about a month, the students raised more than $10,000 for Isaac’s family.
Claire Mikkelson, the student council president, said this is the most they have ever raised for a fundraiser.
“It just goes to show to the community that we are here and are trying to help,” Mikkelson said.
Johnson said seeing how students went out of their way to help a family they didn’t know was a huge encouragement to the family.
“What they were doing for Isaac, cheering him on; those are the things that carry you through those low days,” she said.
The @IsaacStrongWisconsin Facebook page provides updates on how he is doing. Isaac will also be honored at the Craig High School basketball game against Middleton on Feb. 9.