Collecting toys for children in hospital, fulfilling childhood cancer patient’s bucket list

ESCANABA, Michigan (WLUC) – An Escanaba family now living in Wisconsin is facing childhood cancer.

Kambria Grenfell is ten years old and loves gymnastics. But last year she didn’t feel herself.

“In early December, she started showing signs of coordination problems and dizziness, double vision, that sort of thing,” said Kambria’s uncle Ben Booker.

Kambria was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG.

“It’s a debilitating brain tumor that sits on the stem of your brain. The survival rate is astronomically low,” says Booker.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the survival rate is about nine months and only ten percent of people live two years after a diagnosis.

Kambria was admitted to a hospice at the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee on Thursday, nine months after her original diagnosis.

“She’s a great little girl. I don’t know, she’s special, that’s for sure. She’s always had a heart of gold,” Booker says.

Now she has a bucket list of activities to do.

“One of her bucket list items is to give gifts to the Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee,” said Cris Lucier, founder of Kindness Rocks Delta County.

Kindness Rocks Delta County and Pioneer TV and Appliance are working together to make that possible.

“We want to make a huge impact and show what this community is about. Yooper being strong, being local and just opening our hearts to make Kam’s Legacy and have a big impact on it.”

Anyone who brings a $10 toy to Pioneer TV has a chance to win $1,000 in store credit. The fundraiser will continue through October 2, when all gifts will be wrapped and delivered to the children at Milwaukee Hospital.

“We just really want to open our hearts and show what Delta County kindness is about, what the community is about,” Lucier said.

For now, the Grenfell family is grateful for the community’s support and remains hopeful for Kambria.

‘We love you, hang in there. Keep fighting,” Booker said.

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