During a recent visit to Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Will crossed paths with a familar face — his teammate and schoolmate Sam Grewe, who also has cancer.
Sam was getting a blood transfusion and was in a room just a couple doors down from Will, Amy said.
“I asked the nurse for permission for Will to go over there and sit and talk with him.”
Not only are the boys part of the same community, Amy helped take care of Sam’s grandmother when she was recovering from a car accident seven years ago.
“When Sam was diagnosed with cancer, I had a friend make a childhood cancer blanket for the family and we delivered it,” Amy said.
While Sam is finishing up treatments for his bone cancer and is learning to function with a prosthetic leg, Will is just beginning what family and friends hope is the road to recovery.
Will, who hasn’t been in school since Sept. 19, returned to classes on Monday. Amy’s nurse case management work and home nurse visits have mostly been put on hold since that same day.
The family relies on Jim’s insurance with a start up RV company in Bristol.
“The deductible is very high and all the bills are just starting to come in,” Amy said. “I can’t tell you how overwhelming it is.”
Friends and family are helping by beginning to organize fundraisers and the Northridge High School basketball team is planning a fundraising dinner before the game on Nov. 30.
Will and Amy took part of a day to drive to Lake City Bank in Middlebury and set up a Will Mishler Cancer Fund. Donations can be made at any Lake City Bank or by visiting gofundme.com.
“It is solely used for medical expenses,” Amy said. “We are so grateful for everything that’s been done so far — the meals, the cards and visits. We can just take this one day at a time.”