Community rallies around student battling cancer

By: Jeff Ralph Email
By: Jeff Ralph Email

CAMERON, Wis. (WEAU)- A community is rallying around a student with cancer and showed it by sending him on a hunting trip.

For Brody Hellendrung, the last four months have offered plenty of adversity.

"It felt like I was being hit by a train. Your head starts pounding, your eyes start burning," Hellendrung said.

The Cameron Middle School 7th grader was diagnosed in September with Desmoplastic Round Cell Tumors and has endured nine rounds of chemotherapy since. But last weekend offered a breath of fresh air, literally.

"I thought, what could I do, and part of it was setting up a hunt possible with Mr. Ebner and Brody. Going on that hunt was one of his dreams to do something like that," Cameron teacher Jeff Ladd said.

Ladd and fellow teacher Travis Ebner arranged an all-inclusive hunting trip donated by the Apple Creek Ranch near Shawno.

"We knew that he was going have a few weeks after Christmas there without it so we kind of pushed things around a bit and got it scheduled to get him there," Ebner said.

"I got a 10 pointer, it was really cool," Hellendrung said.

"He was a buck that's been out there for a number of years and knows the ins and outs. It wasn't like it was an easy hunt," Ladd said.

For Hellendrung, day in the woods offered a much needed distraction for a boy facing a daunting road ahead.

"Even talking with the people over at Apple Creek, his positive attitude is contagious. It's amazing to be what he's going through, to be that positive and that strong and to have a bubbly outlook on everything," Ladd said.

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