Human Hero

Human Hero

For each PuppyUp Walk, the Event Manager and their Walk Team select both a Human Cancer Hero and a Canine Cancer Hero, to be honored during the Walk ceremonies.

These Heroes are chosen because of their exemplary attitude towards their particular type of cancer, showing bravery and hopefulness in their fight against this terrible disease.

The 2019 Human Hero is Isaac. Here is his story: 

Hi, my name is Isaac and I am 9 years old. I am a regular boy who loves to be outside downhill skiing,
fishing, and swimming. I love to have fun and make people laugh. There are two things that make me
different than most kids:

#1. I have a REALLY big family. I have 3 brothers and 4 sisters!

#2. I am just now learning what it is like to live without leukemia because I don’t remember life before I had it.

Doctors told my family that I had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, or ALL, when I was 5 years old. I got a
cold in the summer of 2015 and I just didn’t get better. Instead, I got really tired and really pale. When
we went to the doctor, they sent me to Marshfield Children’s Hospital right away and I was diagnosed
with ALL the next day. I don’t remember a lot about what it was like then because I was pretty little. My
mom says that it was crazy and that we were at the hospital or clinic multiple times a week for 9
months. We even spent every holiday for a whole year there. We live 90 miles away so there was a LOT
of driving.

Childhood Leukemia takes a long time to fix. I was in treatment for over 3 years and just finished last
fall. During treatment I had 9 blood transfusions, 21 Lumbar Punctures, and a lot of different kinds of
medicine and chemo. Now we are waiting. I have to be cancer-free for 5 years before I am considered
cured.

During treatment, I learned a lot of things that most kids my age don’t know:
• The Emergency Department is really boring and takes a long time. I was there 12 times!
• Getting poked with needles isn’t really that bad.
• I can swallow 9 pills in a row while humming Jingle Bells!
• Really bad days don’t last forever.
• While I thought losing my hair would be scary, I actually really liked it – especially when people
rubbed my head!
• Child Life Specialists make the clinic and hospital way better.
• You have to get really creative about having fun when you aren’t healthy enough to go outside.
• When you have cancer, the hospital staff will let you have chocolate pudding 24 hours a day!

I also learned that I really want to help people. When I was little, I loved wearing silly hats to the clinic
so that people would smile. Nobody really likes going to the doctor so I hoped I could make their day a
tiny bit better. Then, I met our local fire fighters. They are my heroes because their job is to help
people every day and they are really special to me. After I met them, they quickly became my 20 best
friends. They would sanitize the fire trucks so that I could come and climb on them when my immune
system wasn’t strong enough for me to go anywhere else. When I grow up, I want to be a fire fighter
and a hero just like them. I really want to drive the ladder truck! This past Christmas, I raised $2000 to
buy some cancer preventing gear for them. Fire fighters get cancer more than a lot of other jobs and I
wanted to help my friends stay healthy. This year I am hoping to help raise money for Make-A-Wish
Wisconsin to help them grant a wish for another kid like me.

I am really excited to be Puppy Up’s 2019 Human Hero. It is another way that I can change something
bad into something good. Thank you for helping people like me and their furry friends fight cancer!