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Hundreds lace up for two-year-old battling cancer


They're words no parent wants to hear.

"The diagnosis process was just really hard on us, we were trying to learn everything," Travis Stargardt said as he relived the day his two year old son, Jay, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects young children.

"He was diagnosed last year with it, he beat that. But then the treatments he got for the Neuroblastoma gave him a secondary cancer."

Now, Jay is battling a form of leukemia.

"You just move forward, nothing you can do so we're just taking it slow," Stargardt said.

But thanks to the help of hundreds of supporters, Stargardt says at least one day was a little easier. That's because people from across the state gathered at Wildwood Park in Marshfield for a 5K run/walk called "March With Jay's Army."

"We have a really good turnout. It's family not just from Marshfield but from Chippewa and the Milwaukee area. Really everyone from all over is gathering together and it's really good to see," Stargardt said as he looked around at the hundreds of people lacing up their sneakers for the good cause. All the money raised goes toward the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, a non-profit organization that helps fund childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.

"We're dealing with the MACC fund everyday and there's so many good supporters in the hospital," Stargardt said.

While Jay couldn't be at the event, "he's home still sick and compromised," Stargardt said. The participants say he's never far from their hearts.

"A lot of people are out here talking about Jay," runner Marissa Jurik said.

And organizers say each step taken by these supporters, is another step closer to a cure.

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