Isaac Strong: Janesville Craig students raise $10,000 to benefit 4-year-old with neuroblastoma
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Students from Janesville Craig High school raised and donated close to $10,000 to support a family of a 4-year-old boy with neuroblastoma.
Issac Johnson was first diagnosed with the disease in March 2017. Since then, he and his family have been in and out of the hospital, trying to find a permanent treatment.
On Tuesday, Isaac and his family were honored at a pep rally in the Craig Gym, attended by students, faculty and Batman, Isaac’s favorite superhero. For Isaac and his family, Tuesday’s pep rally was a bright period during a difficult time.
“There’s lots of lows in this,” said Isaac’s mom, Debbie Johnson. “When you have those low days, things like this are what you think about.”
The idea for Craig students to raise money for Isaac first came from school resource officer Brian Foster. Foster had learned of Isaac’s cause through fellow officer Justin Stubbendick of the Janesville Police Department, who had organized several fundraisers for the Johnson family in the past.
Foster knew students from the school’s student council were in search of a fundraiser, something they are tasked to organize each year. He suggested they support Isaac.
“I met with them, and I mean in ten minutes they were on board,” Foster said. “They already had ideas to run with it.”
Members of Craig’s student council worked to raise the money over the month of December, organizing “penny wars” between schools in the district, along with other fundraising and donation incentives.
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“It was incredible to see how much people would give us and how generous they were,” said Claire Mikkelson, president of the student council. “I just think it’s incredible to do this for someone you don’t know.”
The Craig basketball team plans to honor Isaac at home basketball game Feb. 9. Students say they’ll continue to raise money by selling “Isaac Strong” T-shirts.
“It’s very heartwarming,” said Debbie Johnson. “What these students accomplished is mind-blowing. It’s just incredible.”
The Johnson family also has a GoFundMe page to help with Isaac’s expenses. For more information, click here.
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