Marshfield Clinic to unveil Treyden’s Cabin in memory of young cancer patient
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — 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.
Marshfield Clinic will unveil Treyden’s Cabin during an open house 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. A short program and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the clinic’s main lobby.
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 Marshfield Clinic employees, donations poured in to renovate the Marshfield Center’s Pediatric Oncology waiting area.
Now known as Treyden’s Cabin, the waiting and patient rooms have forest murals with bright colors and woodland scenes to put children’s minds at ease during treatment.
“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.”