Local childhood cancer survivor to ride Rose Bowl Parade float

Posted at 3:19 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 13:19:07-05

Northwestern Mutual's Rose Bowl Parade float titled "Letting Kids be Kids" will feature a local childhood cancer survivor.

Bennett Unger, 14, is a leukemia survivor and he will represent "Camp One Step" a Lake Geneva camp for kids with childhood cancer.

Unger was diagnosed with leukemia 4 years ago and today describes his health as "A-OK." Camp One Step was a large help in getting him through the diagnosis he said.

"It kind of gave me a sense when I went to camp that there are more kids like me and this normal. Interacting with the kids kind of distracted me from the disease I had and put me more in this normal kid scenario," Bennett said. 

Northwestern Mutual has been funding childhood cancer research and providing help for families during treatment since 2012 to the tune of $17 million. On the float with Bennett will be other representatives of camps across the county.  

The non-profit camps will be competing for three $20,000 grants. Members of the public can vote at for their favorite of the 10 pre-selected camps. Voting ends Jan. 7.