'Spiro the Superhero' celebration and benefit

By: Olga Michail Email
By: Olga Michail Email

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Benefit for Spiro Butler
RCU, 215 Bay St, Chippewa Falls WI 54729

CHIPPEW A FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A battle is over for a young superhero in our area, as he defeats a disease he's been fighting since he was just 18-months-old.

Most superheroes have powers like super strength, maybe the ability to fly or walk through walls, for Spiro – it is defying the odds to live.

That's why several hundred people gathered at Mc Donell High School in Chippewa Falls, dressed as superheroes; all to celebrate the strength of a little boy.

It's the good overcoming true evil what 'Spiro the Hero' day was all about, as a 4-year-old boy wins his long battle with cancer.

“Him getting diagnosed with such an awful disease at a young age, broke my heart; and he was so strong the whole time, so strong,” said Spiro’s grandma, Sara Haley.

Spiro Butler was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, during the summer of 2010.
Today Spiro says he's happy.

“That I'm done with cancer treatment,” said the 4-year-old cancer survivor.

“I'm so proud of him; I mean what a thing to go through when you're so young,” said Ashley Butler, Spiro’s mom.

She says for the past three years Spiro has been going through chemotherapy almost daily, to make sure the disease he kicked, doesn't come back.

“As a mom and a grandma I just thought this would be a great way to help them with the medical debt,” said Haley.

She says trips in and out of the hospital in Minneapolis and expensive medicine put stress on the family, mentally and financially.

“Community has been so generous, and people so generous, people have been so giving,” said Butler.

Friends, family and businesses all across the Chippewa Valley donated items for the silent auction and the raffle on Saturday.

“Amazing amount of donations, from packer tickets, to wine tastings, to free yoga, to diamond necklaces,” explained Butler.

Proceeds will help the little superhero and his family, get back on their feet.

“I have no idea why, but he is obsessed with transformers; he loves transformers,” smiled Butler about her son's superhero of choice.

And now Spiro is truly transforming into a new boy- free of treatments and cancer.

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