La Crosse schools rally behind young boy with rare cancer

Volleyball teams hold "Diggin for Drew" fundraiser

Three area schools are rallying behind a young boy with a rare form of cancer.

Drew Coleman is a 6th grader at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse.

He was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

He’ll soon undergo 14 rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to remove the affected bone.

To help pay for his treatments, the volleyball teams from Central, Logan, and Aquinas High Schools held a ‘Diggin for Drew’ fundraiser Tuesday night, which raised more than $3,400.

The check was presented to Drew and his family before Tuesday night’s game between Central and Logan.

They say the level of support they’ve seen from the community is overwhelming.

“It really helps us, like every day it’s just putting one foot in front of the other, and when you hear one person say, ‘We’re thinking about you, we’re here to support you,’ it really helps us to put our feet in front of each other and be able to tackle this head on,” said Drew’s mom Gretchen.

“It was just, I was so happy, it was… it was so many people, it was perfect,” said Drew.

If all goes well, Drew’s treatment should wrap up sometime this spring.