For many children, the end of the school year is plenty of reason to celebrate. And one Sun Prairie boy finishing kindergarten is also celebrating survival in his battle with leukemia.
This month, 6-year-old Andrew Zielsdorf is being named Boy of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Wisconsin Chapter to give hope to other families.
Only seven months ago, Andrew was in chemotherapy for leukemia.
In the summer of 2008, when Andrew was 2 years old, his mother, Patsy Zielsdorf, found deep purple bruises on his body. The pediatrician called them "summer legs," but decided to do tests just in case.
"(The doctor said), 'We'll do a blood test. It's the end of the day; we probably won't call you until tomorrow, so we'll give you an update then,'" Zielsdorf recalled.
When her phone rang that night and it was the doctor, Zielsdorf said she knew something was wrong.