WINONA, Min. (WXOW) – There’s a saying childhood cancer is a family disease that lives inside the body of the child. Every child battling cancer has a team behind them helping them through appointments, chemotherapy, and treatment.
6-year-old Julian Franzwa can pack a punch. His razor focus in karate class is just one side of his personality.
“Very spunky, very sweet but he definitely has a personality,” described his mom, Kaitlin.
Julian’s strength was tested when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the young age of three.
“I always tell people there’s a blessing and curse to each age with getting cancer. He was so young he won’t remember but it was hard to explain why I’m hurting you.”
The pain doesn’t seem to bother this karate kid. “He was super-resilient, did phenomenal through treatment,” described Kaitlin.
Even his sensei couldn’t tell he was sick. “I didn’t even know actually. He’s a tough kid,” said Ralph Monahan of Monahan Martial Arts Center in Winona.
“This is our new normal do it every day and keep moving forward,” added his mom. Normal for Julian was chemotherapy, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures, frequent hospitalizations and even more frequent clinic visits.
After three long years of treatment, he is finally in remission. Julian and his family received help from the Children’s Miracle Network while they were in the hospital.
Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit that gives families things like gas cards or free meals in the hospital while their kids are sick.
You can help kids like Julian by participating in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon. That is going on Friday from 6 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.
You can listen on Kicks 106.3, MeTV and Magic 105 and call (608) 784-KIDS (5437). Or donate here.