Sept. 3, 2015
Smiles can come a bit easier now for children facing cancer treatment thanks to the generosity of those who loved and supported a young Marshfield Clinic cancer patient named Treyden.
The Clinic will unveil Treyden's Cabin during an open house 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, at the Clinic's Marshfield campus, 1000 N. Oak Ave. A short program and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Clinic's main lobby. The public and media are invited to visit.
In 2013, central and northern Wisconsin residents were captivated and inspired by Treyden Kurtzweil's life story. Treyden, the son of Travis and Cassie Kurtzweil of Stratford, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at 2 months old and battled this aggressive cancer until his death in June 2013. Treyden had just celebrated his first birthday.
Even though Treyden lost his battle with cancer, his memory lives on. Through the generosity of the Kurtzweils' countless friends and family, community members who had never even met them and Clinic employees, donations poured in to renovate the Marshfield Center's Pediatric Oncology waiting area.
The space, now known as Treyden's Cabin, has transformed the waiting and patient rooms into forest murals with bright colors and woodland scenes to put children's minds at ease during treatment. It serves as a testament to Treyden's legacy.
"The support the community showed for Treyden during his life, and later, for Treyden's Cabin, shows how children deeply affect our lives," said Brooke Wolff, Marshfield Clinic Development Department donor relations coordinator. "No one should have to deal with cancer, especially children. Treyden's Cabin will give young cancer patients a place to play, learn and relax while they receive the treatment they need."