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Car parade set Sunday morning for Johnsburg boy with cancer

Nature's Scholars Enrichment Center will hold a community "car parade" Sunday morning to honor the family of a Johnsburg boy battling metastatic cancer.
Nature's Scholars Enrichment Center will hold a community "car parade" Sunday morning to honor the family of a Johnsburg boy battling metastatic cancer.

Nature’s Scholars Enrichment Center will hold a community “car parade” Sunday morning to honor the family of a Johnsburg boy battling metastatic cancer.

Nature’s Scholars co-owner Mary Fluger said 4-year-old Cade Winters was a student at the center before his illness progressed.

“We checked in with the family and heard that he was experiencing some pain in his progression with the cancer,” Fluger said.

According to a GoFundMe account made for the family, Winters first was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June 2018.

After receiving treatment, Winters went into remission for a few months until last April, when his parents, Candace and Chris, got the news that his cancer had returned and had become metastatic, Fluger said.

“It was looking so positive for such a long time that now it’s exceptionally hard for them,” she said. “They can’t see their family, they can’t have people surrounding them.”

The Nature’s Scholars team wanted to do something to show the Winters family that the Johnsburg community is here to support them, Fluger said.

One staff member came up with the idea to run a parade of cars past the family’s home. The staffer created a post Friday on Facebook that now has more than 200 shares.

“It’s just showing how great a community we live in and how many people are so caring and loving of this family,” Fluger said. “We just are ecstatic to be raising some awareness of childhood cancer.”

The car parade is open to anyone who wishes to participate, she said. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Johnsburg High School parking lot.

A bucket will be set up at the high school where parade participants can donate to help with the family’s medical bills, Fluger said.

Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars with signs of encouragement for the Winters family. Signs will be more visible if placed on the passenger’s side of the car.

The Johnsburg Police Department, which will be assisting with the parade, asked that everyone remain in their cars and practice social distancing when necessary, Fluger said.

An event that started with a few Nature’s Scholars staff members has grown, with plans to feature a firetruck, police vehicles and a tractor, Fluger said.

“Even though we can’t be with them, we are still here,” she said.

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