FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WBAY) – His birthday isn’t until Sunday, but Finley Volkman’s celebration is in full swing.
Finley is a soon-to-be three year old from Fox Crossing. He’s battling brain cancer and to help make his birthday special, his mom started a birthday card drive. The outpouring of support has far exceeded Finley’s birthday wish.
“Holy crap,” said Stacy Volkman, Finley’s mom as crate after crate of cards and packages were being delivered to their house.
According to Volkman, “It gives me strength to keep fighting. And it gives him strength to keep fighting. And it just brings happiness and hope to our family.”
According to the Volkman’s mail carrier, today was one of, if not the biggest delivery she’s made in her almost 18 year career.
The mail carrier who only identified herself as Virginia said, “It started yesterday and then today there were lots. I work tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens.”
The cards and packages weren’t the only surprise for Finley on Friday. Officer Stu Zuehls from the Neenah Police Department put out a call to his brothers and sisters in blue. The answered.
“To see as two squads rolled in, as four squads rolled in and they kept coming more and more and more, to see the number of officers that were coming here, and some of them weren’t even working that were volunteering their time, yeah that really warms my heart,” says Officer Zuehls.
At least two dozen members of the law enforcement community from jurisdictions all across Northeast Wisconsin paid Finley and his family a visit. They sang and then took the time to show off their squads.
Officer Dan Wiechman from the Village of Fox Crossing Police Department said, “It’s nice to know that we can help make his day, just by something so small as this.”
It was not only a birthday treat for Finley, but one that means so much to the men and women who showed up to help him celebrate.
Chief Lowell James from the Black Creek Police Department adds, “If we can go out there, every day, a foot forward and if this helps him, every day, a foot forward we’re there.”
If you’d like to send a birthday card to Finley Volkman they can be mailed to:
939 Bonheur Court
Neenah, WI 54956
You can follow Finley on Facebook at Finley’s Journey