At least four Menomonee Falls families are part of a group they never wanted to join. They all have at least one child with a form of cancer or blood disorder who's being treated at the MACC Fund Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
The families learned about each other through a MACC Fund Facebook group.
Courtney Miles, who has two sons being treated at the MACC Fund Center, said she sent a message to the group after her sons were diagnosed, "Yeah, just kinda say 'hey, you don't know me but we have a lot in common and I'd love to get together.'"
The group has been a lifeline for Miles and the other families. "(We) just became instant friends," she said. "It's a connection that is kind of inevitable."
The families share their turmoil and trying times with people who know exactly what the other is going through.
"I can text them at any time and say, 'hey did you guys go through this? Should I call? Should I not?'" said Sue Trzebiatowski whose son is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Most of the families have already spent two years of their life at the hospital and they say it is common to run into each other there.
"You go to the day hospital and somebody else is already there and you just sit and talk because it's a day visit. I mean, you're there all day," Trzebiatowski added.
They would give everything to have their children healthy, but while they go through this battle, they can find comfort in knowing they're not going through it alone.
"I found such a sense of comfort talking to these ladies and sharing my story," said Katie Maziasz whose son has Acute Biliniage Leukemia. "You don't have to explain anything really because they understand. It's just wonderful, wonderful to have."
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