NEW ULM - Family and friends of one year-old Carson Davis Verzalik came together for a benefit on Sunday at the New Ulm Event Center.
Carson's parents, Paul and Jen (Johnson) Verzalik, learned their son had stage four neuroblastoma in January. The treatment of the disease requires Carson to undergo chemotherapy once every three weeks and eventually have surgery to remove a tumor on the adrenal gland located above his right kidney.
Carson and his family spent the last week in Rochester at the Mayo Clinic and were uncertain if they could attend the benefit. The treatment went well, and they were able to join in activities at the benefit.
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
A child attending the benefit for cancer patient Carson Davis Verzalik peeks over the edge of the bouncy castle that proved to be a popular spot at the event. Carson, age 1, has been diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma and is receiving chemotherapy.
Jen Verzalik was amazed by the turnout and was grateful and overwhelmed by all the support given to the family.
Several items were donated for the silent auction and further donations continued throughout the day. Carson's grandmother, Sheri (Davis) Windschill, said that some donations came from people without close ties to the family, but who simply wished to help a family in need.
Even the youngest children helped. A special carnival for children was held in a section of the Event Center, where kids could try their luck at ring toss, play in a bouncy castle or dye their hair to show support. Over 500 people attended the benefit.
Those who still wish to donate can make tax deductible payments to "Thrivent Financial Chapter 31200" and can mail them to Flocks of Love - A Cure for Carson: P.O. Box 161, New Ulm, MN 56073.