Superior Community Supports Teen with Cancer

By KBJR News 1

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - William Gonser was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes of October of 2012.

Now, the Superior community is coming together to help the teenager and his family with some good food and a beverage.

"We are doing a onetime only fundraiser for one of our employees' son. Deb Gonser is the employee and William is her son, he just turned 18," said owner of the Thirsty Pagan, Steve Knauss.

The Thirsty Pagan is hosting a benefit for Gonzer, on Saturday February 16 from 11 am to close.

The fundraiser is an effort to help offset some medical costs for the Gonzer family with 20 percent of the sales going to the family.

"This one hits pretty close to home, my kids are the same age as Deb's kids and I would have no idea how to respond if my kids had this so, we are just trying to help in any way we can. So if we can alleviate any of the medical bills for the Gonser family, then we are happy to do that," said Knauss.

"We are thankful because we have a lot of really generous people and the doctors and the nurses at Essentia have been really great too, so we have a good team," said Deb Gonser, William's mother.

Not only does he have a good team at home, but also on the basketball court.

William is part of the Superior High Recreation Basketball League, which his mom coaches.

The team decided to change the name of the team in honor of William.

"In 10th grade it was actually court can't handle us CCHU... so then when Willie G got diagnosed with cancer it was Cancer can't handle us," said Clayton Yeazle, a team member.

The team is undefeated so far, and hopefully they can give William the strength to defeat the disease.

Owner of the Thirsty Pagan invites everyone to come and enjoy pizza and a glass of their brewed beer to help support William.

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