Assignment: Education – Make a wish

“June 16 I was in remission,” said Myles Knoble, La Crosse Logan High School senior.

Beating cancer was like a dream come true.

“It was an awesome day,” said Knoble. “I got a big old sign that said completed chemo and certificate, and it was relieving, very relieving to know that I didn’t have to go back to get dripped with poison every day.”

Just three months prior to that day, Myles received a diagnosis that many would consider a nightmare.

“Hodgkins lymphoma. Stage 4,” said Knoble.

At first, it was difficult for him to comprehend the diagnosis.

“I didn’t know what Hodgkins lymphoma was when they said that to my mom,” said Knoble. “I just kind of sat there and thought about it for a couple seconds.”

The first signs of Myles’ cancer came at the beginning of last school year during hockey season of his junior year.

“As hockey started, I was getting a lot of back pain,” said Knoble. “I didn’t really know what it was. We did a lot of chiropractic stuff, and for months and months, and nothing really got better.”

The pain was so bad at times, he was unable to move and missed school regularly.

“We thought it was just strained,” said Knoble. “Hockey is hard on your back.”

But in March 2016, Myles learned his back pain was cancer.

“It was more shocking than sad at first, I think, because we had gone through some cancer tests previously that were negative,” said Knoble. “So then to later find out that it was cancer was really surprising.”

Myles went through five rounds of chemo last spring which kept him out of school for 15 weeks.

“I was at home, but what my teachers did, which was really great of them, was they sent me stuff at home,” said Knoble.

Because Myles had one goal, which was to beat cancer.

“It was really awesome how they allowed me to stay on track to graduate even though I wasn’t there to be able to do it myself,” said Knoble.

And while he was fighting for his life, his friends and classmates held multiple fundraisers last spring to help his family pay for cancer treatments.

“It’s amazing to know that people just care that much about someone in their own community that struggles,” said Knoble.

Now another organization is stepping in to offer support.

“It is brand new,” said Cortney Kosiak, UW-La Crosse junior. “It started the fall of 2016.”

The club began when Kosiak wanted to get more involved with the La Crosse community.

“I looked online and I wanted to have more of a community-based club,” said Kosiak. “And I looked at make a wish and I saw that you could make it on campus. So I decided to pull my resources together, contact them, and get this club started.”

Make a Wish grants wishes for kids who have life-threatening illnesses between the ages of two and a half and 18. Myles is the club’s first “wish kid.”

“Myles’ wish was to go to Florida this summer which he will be going to in July with his family,” said Kosiak.

“It’s cool that UW-L started something,” said Knoble. “I grew up around that school, and it’s just amazing that it’s just another part of the community that stepped up to help me more than I could have ever expected.”

The UW-La Crosse Make a Wish Club is hosting a send-off party for Myles on May 10. The club will present him with a check for his family vacation in Florida.

Myles graduates from Logan High School on May 27.