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New Berlin school hosts charity raffle for 4-year-old boy undergoing chemotherapy

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NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A New Berlin family is hoping the community will open its heart to help their child, who is battling a form of cancer.

Alina Petculescu places family pictures of smiling faces on a table inside Eisenhower Middle & High School.

They are void of color, but not of life.

“For every kid, and every family, who deals with that, we know that it’s a very fine line that we are walking," said Alina Petculescu, about her son, Lucas.

It's a fine line for Petculescu and her family. Lucas, who is four years old, fought lymphoblastic leukemia. For the last eight months, he has been receiving intensive chemotherapy.

His cancer is now in remission, but he’ll undergo chemo treatments for the next two years to help keep it from coming back.

“When he is doing good, everybody is doing good, she said. "When he is not doing good, there’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of stress."

After hearing Lucas’s story, Eisenhower senior, Alaina Keller wanted to do something.

“It’s a heartbreaking story," Keller said.

She and her classmates in the school’s National Honor Society connected with local partners to host a charity raffle.

“They have been so incredibly generous, and it’s really just heartwarming to see everyone coming together," said Keller.

The raffle is open to the community, and Lucas’s mother hopes people will open their hearts and support.

“For me, the end result always counted and that’s what I’m looking for. I want for a good outcome," Petculescu said.

The #LoveforLucas raffle is Thursday, Jan. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eisenhower Middle/High School on Sunny Slope Road in New Berlin.

Winners do not have to be present to get their prize. All proceeds will go to Lucas’s family.



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